The benefits of membership?

I was on the Costco site the other day and I discovered that they have a Funeral tab.  I was initially unsettled by the notion that superstores such as Costco had entered the funeral planning space.  Something about the obvious consumerism aspect of death right there on the Costco page just struck me as a step too far.

But curiosity got the best of me.  I felt compelled to look at the urns and caskets.  After awhile I started to see the sense in it all. Funerals are not cheap and if Costco can use its buying capacity to drive down prices for members for some aspects that is a good thing right?

There are some lovely urns on the site for decidedly reasonable prices.  I must say though, I find it difficult to believe a whole cremated person fits in them.  I also wonder how folks who are cremated address the awkward decision about who gets the urn and where they will keep it.  It seems ripe for a Ben Stiller or Adam Sandler movie scene.

The sensible girl in me has long believed that cremation is the route for me, but I do not really want my ashes hanging around in one of my kid’s homes.  I already have a plan for my ashes anyway.  I recently clued in Mike about what I want.  He listened to what I wanted, but he gave me his typical “my girlfriend is one special fruit loop” look.  I have grown accustomed to that look.

I want my ashes scattered in my garden a bit at a time over the period of a few years.  In the interim, they can just store my ashes in one of those over-sized plastic Folger’s Coffee containers in the garage.  That seems just right to me – my coffee and I have always had a very close relationship and I love my garden.

Thanks Costco for going the extra mile to save members money when they are faced with the unenviable task of addressing someone’s death.  I am sure that the prices you offer caskets and urns for are much less than those members would encounter at the funeral home.  As for me – here is my urn – $13.78.  Just poke a few holes in the top and my ashes can be easily sprinkled about my garden.  That is my DIY urn and scattering of ashes plan. How is that for reduce, reuse, and recycle? ;-)

Day one thousand four hundred and fifty-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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One Response to The benefits of membership?

  1. bob says:

    I agree with your friend re fruit loops, but I expect that of college faculty. However, I always enjoy your writings because you usually make a compelling argument for your view. I especially like and agree with this one.

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