The Roanoke Times
Sat, Nov 26, 2011
Arranging a funeral can be emotional and personal, but it’s also a business decision — a cautionary tale about the miscommunication that can occur without patience and paperwork when a family plans a funeral.
Betty Redlinger wasn’t opposed to her cremation.
But when she died three days after Christmas last year, Vince Redlinger and his sister, Tammy LeBlanc, envisioned a viewing and memorial service first. That was a family tradition, and mourners would expect it, they said. The siblings and Betty’s grandchildren hadn’t said goodbye … The next day, LeBlanc was choosing what her mother would wear for the memorial service. A black jacket and red blouse, because she loved the color, Le-Blanc said. Her brother called the funeral home to let them know.
Unexpected news interrupted the task: Betty Redlinger had been cremated.
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