#100WW — The Long Ride Home

“I was dumbfounded when I found out that Harry had decided to cremate his remains,” Andrea said as they were driving back to the city from the crematorium. “As his wife, the onus was on you to talk him into a traditional burial at a cemetery.”

“Oh my God,” Rose said, “are you serious? It was his final wish to be cremated after he passed away. Who am I to tell him how to dispose of his body. And who the hell are you to criticize me for not abiding by his wishes?”

The drive home proceeded in icy silence.

(100 words)


Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (dumbfounded), Word of the Day Challenge (cremate and crematorium), Your Daily Word Prompt (onus), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (serious). Photo credit: Bikurgurl.

8 thoughts on “#100WW — The Long Ride Home

  1. Bikurgurl October 7, 2020 / 8:52 pm

    Death is always a topic of great emotion — anytime I’ve told my mother my husband and I have decided to be cremated, she gets angry and reminds me: funerals are for the living, not for the dead.

    I guess when I’m dead, it won’t matter anyway 😉

    Thank you for joining us again and giving us another juicy story 🖤

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    • Fandango October 7, 2020 / 10:28 pm

      Getting cremated doesn’t preclude having a funeral service. But instead being in a coffin, the “body” is in an urn. And instead of being buried in a coffin at a cemetery, it’s in an urn on a fireplace mantel.

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      • Taswegian1957 October 8, 2020 / 1:38 am

        I have been to far more cremations than burials and there is still a service. My mother’s ashes are in a rose garden at the cemetery which I feel is nicer than a headstone that will one day be neglected when we are gone. My husband was also cremated and I chose to keep his ashes with me because I knew I would move away and didn’t want him to be left behind. I will find a place for them one day but for now they are in an attractive wooden box.

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      • Bikurgurl October 10, 2020 / 1:27 pm

        Totally – I agree – but not everyone sees it the same way 😉 Thank you again for always raising the bar on our writing and topic choices 🖤

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  2. leigha66 October 15, 2020 / 11:26 pm

    I have been to visitations held for those to view the body, but it was cremated after the service instead of a burial.

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