DEAR ABBY: My mother recently passed away. She had led a long, happy life and was greatly loved.
Years ago, both my parents had the foresight to preplan and prepay all of their funeral arrangements. All Dad and the family had to do for Mother's service was order the flowers; then we were able to welcome and share condolences with more than 500 guests. It made her funeral a beautiful time of reuniting old friends and family.
Our freedom to share great memories was exactly what Mom and Dad had planned. The arrangements were impressive. Their gift of preplanning and prepaying is something we all should consider doing for our loved ones. -- A LOVING, GRATEFUL DAUGHTER
DEAR DAUGHTER: Please accept my condolences on the death of your beloved mother.
Although it's difficult to contemplate death, facing the fact that no one lives forever and planning ahead can prevent a world of confusion for grieving relatives at a time when they are most vulnerable.
As your letter illustrates, your parents' preplanning was wise, thoughtful, and a godsend during your time of grief.