There’s no doubt that when someone passes away and there’s going to be a funeral, some people may have to travel. In this day and age of people living all over the country, all over the world for that matter, other than during these current times of COVID, we know that people often have to travel to be able to gather together for a funeral.
One obvious option is for the deceased to be flown to another location. And that may work if the children and other family members are all together in, let’s say, New York. That certainly serves the needs of the immediate situation. However, the bigger issue is what happens after, when the most seriously impacted person at the time of loss is a surviving spouse. We have found over time after many, many, many years of marriage, often, that person is the most greatly impacted. Not that children aren’t impacted by loss as well, but adult children are independent and have their own families and have busy lives as well. A surviving spouse is often left alone, and that person is here, in Boca Raton, that’s the person who is going to want to visit frequently, at least at the beginning, perhaps less so over time.
So if the funeral is held up north, let’s say, or anywhere else for that matter, after the funeral, after the shiva, after everybody goes back to their lives, and that surviving spouse is left alone here in Florida, that’s the reason why so many people, even if they have space up north or somewhere else, and life circumstances have changed, people make the decision to purchase space here in Florida at the Beth El Mausoleum, where their family, their friends, their temple community, and where they, most importantly, are able to visit, to honor their loved ones for many, many years to come.