last wishes in the same place she
keeps the frozen peas and Rocky Road ice cream - in the freezer compartment of her
refrigerator. "We were told that is one place where emergency personnel are told to look," explained Byard, who is treasurer of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio.
The volunteer group helps people plan funerals that won't cost a fortune.
And, like most of the members of the alliance, Byard
has detailed her
last wishes in a little blue booklet titled "Before I Go You Should Know."
The kit comes complete with a refrigerator magnet that features an illustration of a hand holding a note and reaching out of a tomb.The magnet bears the message: "Matters of life and death inside."
Suppose you have a nephew who is an accordionist, and you want to make sure he
doesn't show up at your funeral to play "My Way."
Just flip to the section of your freezer booklet headlined "Please don't at my funeral/memorial service" and spell it out.
suggested that the booklet can help eliminate confusion and squabbling among survivors."At that time," she
said, "there is so much going on, it is hard to remember who said what when."
If it is all right there in the freezer, doubts and differences of opinion are eliminated.Why the freezer?
said that people who do a lot of traveling simply take the pouch out of the freezer and put it in their suitcase when they hit the road. She
said that the booklet is complete "even down to instructing people, 'Don't forget to cancel my hair appointments on Thursdays.' "
Want to be buried with your favorite fishing pole or ukelele?Note it in the booklet.
One section of the booklet is headed: "I can't take it with me, so here is where it is."
The booklet also includes a living-will form and durable power of attorney for health care.One of the best features of the booklet, though, is that it allows its owner to be as unconventional as he
chooses not matter what survivors might think.
For my part, it might take a while to get used to having a booklet specifying my last wishes resting in the Frigidaire atop a Tombstone frozen pizza.