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Thanks to all of last post's commenters

September 23rd, 2014 at 08:56 am

I'm kinda relieved now I am not already over the Pacific. I've just been reading up on Japanese funerals. Bluesfemme kindly filled me in on the pearls, but now I have to get hosiery and a black handbag, maybe a nice Ambien prescription. Sleeping was hard last night. I exchanged some money for the "funeral envelopes" (I did this for the wedding years earlier) but fear it is not enough. I don't think this is the right time for me to be stingy, and maybe I should expect to be in debt for a month or so.

Anyway: $1576 Canadian after taxes to fly to the Far East, no awkward transfers in Honolulu so Ambien can send me for 6 to 8 hours.

An American is going to greet me at the airport and take care of me at least partly so I don't burden my sister and her family too much. I do not know if my brother had a will. He made mention of making me executrix last year when he had a health scare. I'm scheduled to stay a week. This would've been open-ended if there were a will and I would have to take care of things. I think intestate decedents leave half the estate to the surviving spouse, don't know if Japan government takes the other half.

Japanese funerals cost $25000 USD on average. I think I might have a heart attack of my own. I don't know if I'm going to offend by putting as much as I can afford (the maximum) in a funeral envelope, or if I'm going to be surprised with a bill for funeral expenses.

9 Responses to “Thanks to all of last post's commenters”

  1. laura Says:

    Safe travels, Paulette.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, travel safe and take each hour and day at at time.

  3. Petunia 100 Says:

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Frown

  4. scfr Says:

    Paulette - JPY10,000 is probably ample. Seattle has both a Japanese Consulate and Japan-America Society staffed by very nice people. If you were to call either of those places, they may be able to answer any questions you have.

    Remember that no one in Japan expects "gaijin" to be fluent in the intricacies of Japanese etiquette. Thinking of you and wishing you the best.

  5. debtfreeme Says:

    First let me say i sorry for hpur sudden loss. Nothing we say can make it better but know many of us are thinking of you.

    Contact your embassy (Canadian? American?) when you arrive. Let them know why you are there. There maybe programs or people who can assisit wih your needs and expedite things for you.

    You are in my thoughts.

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Frown

  7. Carol Says:

    I am sorry for your loss. I hope things go as well as they can while you are in Japan.

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  9. tabs Says:

    Wow, hope the trip goes well for you. My condolences for your family.

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