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As my hair began its transition from blond to gray, I began to think more about end-of-life matters. Among them is the disposition of my body once I depart this vale of tears.

Having dealt with sharing the planning and expense of my mother’s funeral almost 30 years ago, there is a question of what I want versus what is best for my family. In my younger days some older adults would not consider cremation. It would be a sin, they said, because fire is the fate of the wicked in hell.

Jim Ross is development and opinion editor of The Herald-Dispatch. His email address is

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