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