The bill read as follows:
McCord Goldenfrost 12 Infant Casket – $150
Interment Fee – Cash Advance – $440
But wait, where was the cost for the flowers. I had ordered casket flowers a couple of days before the funeral. I had looked online and found the casket spray that I liked at Hope Blooms in Eagle. I loved the look of the Sweetly Rest Casket Spray, but I liked the colors in the Immorata Casket Spray. I emailed Hope Blooms and asked if they could do the Sweetly Rest with the lavender roses and for a small 12 inch casket. They were able to do what I wanted, plus suggested adding a ribbon with “Holly Marie” embroidered on it for a keepsake, and let me know they would make all the arrangements with the funeral home, including billing the funeral home. So . . . did they get paid?
I calmly called the funeral home to double check my bill. All is well, Hope Blooms was paid, after my bill was mailed, I would be getting a new statement at the end of the month. Relief.
While I was on the phone with the billing office I asked if I could make payments. The reassuring answer was “yes, no payment plan needed, just pay what you can.” Double Relief. The experience I had dreaded, and already cried over, twice, went so much smoother than I expected.
It was still a good day. Maybe even a little better.