The Cremation Of Daifoo (2009-07-13)
The funeral home sent over a car to pick us up from our apartment
which is very kind of them. The ride was short and tears were
rolling down my cheeks as I was patting and stroking
Daifoo's fur the whole way there. I wish the ride would last
forever so I would never have to let go of his body from my arms.
After we arrived, KL registered at the reception and paid the
bill. We were asked to go up to the top floor (3rd floor) where a
monk led us up a short flight of stairs to the cremation room. In
there Daifoo was laid on a table and the monk said his prayer before we
said our final goodbye. Then we were told to light incense on
another table while he put Daifoo on the cremation bed. Sobs
turned to wails as I saw his body being rolled away from me and
the door closed behind him. THIS IS IT, WE WOULD NEVER SEE HIM
AGAIN, the pain hit me like a sharp knife through my heart.
We waited on the third floor shrine area for the cremation to
complete which took 75 minutes. We were led back to the cremation
room and viewed Daifoo's skeletal remains. It was an eerie
feeling. The monk set aside the skull, jaw bones, first spine
bone, the tail bones, and some of his toes on a tray to show us before
he said more
prayers. Then we were asked to pick up the rest of his bones from
the bed into the urn with long chopsticks. While we were busy
picking up the remaining bones, the monk arranged the tail bones into
the shape of a tail! After we thought we had finished
transferring all the bones into the urn, the monk painstakingly picked
up whatever minuscule bits left on the bed. He was doing it with
utmost thoroughness that put our work to shame.
The monk swept all the dust-like boney bits into the urn and moved
the bones around to make room for the skull. Then he very
cautiously placed the rest of the bones except the tail into the urn to
resemble the shape of the head. After that, we were asked to put
in the tail bones with our hands to signify the last touching of
Daifoo. (more tears a-flowing there) He sealed the urn, placed it
inside a case and put it into a carry bag for us to take home.
At the train station, we decided to have a slight snack in a bakery
with Daifoo on the table. KL had always wanted to eat in a
restaurant with him so he could sit on the table and share our food
like he would at home. We couldn't do it while he's living, at
least we could do it after he's gone.
Note: Second half of the cremation pictures will appear on tomorrow's post.
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