Tuesday, March 03, 2009
BOM: the Research
I had to snap this photo of Babe and Charley . . . they usually aren't this chummy. :-)
The research for SHE'S IN A BETTER PLACE--I had already done most of the research for the mortuary elements, but I did need to research Gerald's disease. I was fortunate enough to find an online blog written by a man who suffered from the same illness, so I used his blog as a basis for symptoms, treatment, and a timeline.
The only other thing that really required some checking out was the mortuary convention . . . and the products sold there. Fortunately, those things are found easily on the Internet and yes, they're real. We tweaked the names and brands a bit, but that's all.
Also--the issue of large corporations buying up small funeral homes and then walking away with the money from prepaid plans--that's a very real problem. Something to keep in mind if you prepay your funeral expenses. In a sense, "mom and pop" funeral homes remind me of "mom and pop" bookstores--they're vulnerable to takeover by large corporations because the larger companies can buy in bulk, etc. But sometimes you lose the personal touch . . .
Tomorrow: the writing