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Casket Marlene Erickson ViewingOn Monday, I went with my daughter to arrange my funeral. Now, I’m a senior who’s spry, as my daughter says, so this is just advance planning not the need for a funeral soon.

Should you arrange a funeral in advance? Not unless you have some safeguards in case the funeral home goes out of business or won’t help you if you move away.

Anyway, I received an estimate that I thought was high. I belong to the Peoples Memorial Association and will get a 15 percent discount if I sign up with one of its agents. I don’t think I’ll be able to get a better price.

I will be able to order a red or blue casket from Costco, though, to keep the price down.

One of my blogging friends is also thinking about funerals:

Meryl Baer on the number of years ahead is limited

A funeral of an old friend viewed on Zoom led to a peek into the past. After the service, Meryl Baer of Musings of a Shore Life called another friend from her past who had also Zoomed into the funeral. They chatted for over an hour, and in this week’s post she summarizes the occasion in musings on old friends gone and those still around.

Here’s what my other blogging buddies have to report:

Laurie Stone on the new word game ‘Connections’

It makes no sense, says Laurie Stone of Laurie Stone Writes. A New York Times word game that causes many players to tear their hair out might actually be healthy? But the popular new puzzle “Connections” could be the very thing to help us escape this chaotic planet, even for a few minutes. Here’s how it works

Rebecca Olkowski on new discoveries in another part of Los Angeles

Rebecca Olkowski of has been spending the last two weeks pet sitting for her daughter who has been on her honeymoon. Her daughter lives on the west side of Los Angeles and Olkowski lives on the east side. That allowed Olkowski to explore the area including the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, which she writes about in her Los Angeles travel blog, here.

Carol Cassara on what can be done about societal hardness

Where’s our society heading? Over on her blog, Carol Cassara of Carol A. Cassara Writer considers this question and doesn’t like what she sees. Read about it in “In this World But Untethered to It.”

This is the Best of Boomer Blogs #850. Be sure to take a look at the articles. And leave a comment, too. Our bloggers love to hear from readers.


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Carol Cassara

We are of that age, aren't we?


Unfortunately, that's right.

Rebecca Olkowski

I will have enough to burn me up and throw me in the ocean or plant a tree when the time comes which is fine with me. Nice roundup.


Good for you. Be sure to let your family know your wishes.

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