Wednesday, August 4, 2010

On Ashes, Boxes, and Stones

I love writing for GITW, but truly one of the most incongruous things I've had to write was the recent article on "funeral planning for a baby" while looking at and listening to the little fat fusspot in the seat beside me.

I'm not sure whether I was tempting fate or that dirty diaper was a big ol' F-you sign to the reaper and his minions.

In any case, we thought it would be helpful for those who find us from the hospital (and many do, sadly) to have a permanent article up on Funeral Planning. I know this is one of those painful memory kinda things for many of you, but if you get time and have the inclination, could you please go add your experience over there, too? Someone will surely come along and read it, and read your words, and think, "Well there, her. That's me exactly." And someone will feel less alone in this whole ugly process.

We have a new permanent article up today at Glow In The Woods.


Ya Chun said...

thanks for doing this

biojen said...

Thanks for writing that, I think it will really help. It was also nice to have a place to write about our memorial, so thanks.

Tara said...

the comments are off for your GITW article, so I couldn't add mine.

Tash said...

Tara, the comments are off on the main page because I want people to post their comments on the permanent article. Go to the GITW main page and on the left side bar is a section called "Cabin Library." The article is listed there. Or, you could click on one of the links in the short post I have up on the front page -- it will take you there, too.

Sorry for any confusion.

Dora said...

Tash, what a beautiful and important article. I've been lucky enough not to have experienced this kind of loss, but I'm glad I read the article. I'm glad to hear that funeral directors seem so compassionate in these circumstances.

And, yes, I think the dirty diaper was "a big ol' F-you sign to the reaper and his minions." Good job, Fusspot.

Anonymous said...

I usually blurk, mostly because I'm just at that place right now. But I wanted to say thank you...what a loving thing to do to help people.