If you are anything like me, a good cup of Joe from Starbucks has a very positive effect on my day. It just does.
The warm feeling - well, the very hot feeling - of the cup, the slightly rough texture of the brown cardboard that cradles the cup, the familiar feeling of the small drinking hole at the top, the gripping smell of freshly brewed coffee, and the "wake up my chest" journey the warm coffee travels before it hits my stomach. I could go on. You get the idea.
All of this makes for a sweet and simple experience. One of those not so guilty pleasures that one can treasure. It's a comforting experience. It is the Starbuck's experience.
I am sure you can relate. And if you've read this far, you are probably one who knows where all of the Starbucks are located in your town.
You are probably wondering why I am waxing lyrical about my comforting coffee ritual. Funeral homes, specialists in delivering their own brand of comfort, are adding it to their funeral offerings as a service to their grieving customers. Not full stores, drive-throughs, or elaborate outside signage, mind you, just offering Starbucks cofee.
A USA Today story clarifies the details about a funeral home in Easley, S.C., noting that Starbucks is not opening a store there, the funeral home is just setting up a "coffee corner" in a special wing of the building.
Frankly, I think it's a great idea. I have so many fond memories shared over a cup of coffee. And that's what we should be doing at our funerals...drinking coffee and sharing fond memories. Starbucks is not a bad choice either.
Donna Vincent Roa
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