Tuesday, January 5, 2010

much to be done

I had no energy or motivation to do anything last night, but Dad was in his bedroom for hours, sifting through old photos and finding ones that merit scanning for the photo tribute.

Today, Pastor Jeri is coming by at noon-- presumably to talk about the memorial and other post-mortem concerns-- and I've got to get working on a eulogy, photo prep, and research on cremation options. As a veteran, Dad had thought about Arlington Cemetery, and although they'll cremate the spouse of a veteran for free (more precisely, on the taxpayer's dime), they require interment or, in the case of cremation, "inurnment." We sons have rejected the notion of burying Mom's ashes at Arlington Cemetery; our own preference is for no grave, but instead for a scattering of ashes in the places she found meaningful.

Much to be done. Not a lot of time to do it. You might say that there'll be time to work on these things after Mom dies, but I'm not sure I can guarantee my own sanity after that point. So I need to be working on my agenda now.


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2 comments:

Mellow Yellow said...

I've used Scancafe for mass scanning of photos. They take about six weeks, but they're cheap and you can get everything done.

Mellow Yellow said...

My apologies. I hadn't kept up with events and didn't realize the circumstances. I don't know you personally, but your collective care for your mother during these times speaks volumes to the virtue and grace you all possess. I did not realize the photo tribute would be posthumous. My condolences.