Katherine Mariaca-Sullivan edited the summary of When a Loved One Dies: Preparing a Dignified and Meaningful Goodbye Thursday, January 31, 2013.
When a Loved One Dies: The Complete Guide to Preparing a Dignified & Meaningful Goodbye, by author Katherine Mariaca-Sullivan, is a how-to book for families and friends struggling to create a dignified and meaningful goodbye for their loved ones. Born out of necessity when first her father, Peter Mariaca, died of pancreatic cancer, and then her niece, Jahmila Kyla Bertie-Mariaca, was killed in a car accident, the book examines the funeral industry from one who has been embroiled in it and who wants to help others navigate through it.
Understanding Your Options
When confronted with the death of a loved one, most families do not know where to turn or have any idea of all of all they must accomplish in a very short time. A time when they are at their most vulnerable.
The first half of the book examines all the death-care options open to friends and family members. It discusses the choices that must be made about their loved one's body, as well as the many (legal) forms of final disposition available. Each option is discussed from historical, philosophical, legal, religious, customary and personal points of view. The pros and cons are weighed and, when appropriate, pricing is included.
Short, actionable chapters provide you with the information you need in order to make the best possible decisions for your family.
Preparing the Services
In the second part of the book, Mariaca-Sullivan takes readers through the many different services that can be planned to memorialize their loved one, from home funerals to graveside services. She offers considerations for each type of service, ways to balance dignity with budget, and provides helpful examples to help readers get started.
Tools to Help You Prepare
With more than twenty checklists and worksheets to work from, this book gives readers the tools they need to make the best decisions possible. There are questionnaires to help families interview funeral homes and cemeteries, as well as step-by-step instructions for caring for a loved one's body at home.
Resources at Your Fingertips
No matter what your decisions are, you will need resources. This valuable section provides you with the contact information for government agencies you will need to notify, funeral home, crematorium and cemetery trade organizations, funeral merchandise vendors, green cemeteries, support groups, and so much more. Hyperlinks allow direct access to the resources you need.