Content here represents the voice of SIGNATURE SUNSETS, an informational initiative designed to broaden and brighten horizons in the funerary domain.

The material is an outgrowth of a pre-planning reference book, Pondering Leaves: Composing and Conveying Your Life Story's Epilogue, written by the author of this blog.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013


JOURNEY JOURNAL... Winter Park, Florida


Upon entering the room where services are conducted at the Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home, one might notice a sort of dichotomy.  If you look to the right you’ll see a typical altar area with chapel-like appointments.  But a scan of the entire room easily summons images of a banquet hall.  Instead of chairs lined up in straight rows, as is common for any services, there are round tables with chairs around them, suggestive of wedding receptions or the like.  The arrangement immediately evokes a more casual stance than one might ordinarily adopt in a funerary environment.  A few steps across the hall lead to an art gallery!  Renovation of three former viewing rooms created what has been dubbed a “happy room.”  Amid high-top round tables with tablecloths accented by sparkly netting, white walls are lined with stimulating artwork.  In typical gallery fashion, ceiling track lights accentuate the individual pieces that can be perused and purchased.  

So there are a lot of variations on the theme out there in the real world.  Has this travelogue whet your appetite?  Maybe now you’ll have an urge to rev up your engine, pick a spot, and go there for some invigorating exposure to death management styles.  You may capture a chance to meet and greet “travel agents” – the specialists who navigate routes toward final destinations, according to their own state codes and perhaps also their own unique approaches.  At the least, you'll encounter attractions that aren’t apt to be found in travel guidebooks!

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