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The Personalized Goodbye

Emma Brown

What kind of sendoff do you want, when the time comes?

It's something I'd not thought about much until I started writing obituaries for the Post in January. Now I talk daily with people who have just said goodbye to someone they loved, and it's clear that there are as many ways to mourn as there are ways to live.

If you want a service that's heavier on personality than tradition, and you're not up for a do-it-yourself funeral, you're in luck, says the Boston Globe. Funeral homes, which have struggled for years with declining per-funeral profits and are eager for your business, are more and more willing to oblige special requests.

"My rule is this," one funeral home manager told the Globe. "I'll do anything as long as it's legal."

By Emma Brown  |  March 16, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
Categories:  Emma Brown , Funerals  
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