I know what a TIA in that sense is. I think I had one on Halloween. Don’t worry, I am mostly better, though still a liberal Democrat.
Shiva means seven in Hebrew. There are many events that suspend or terminate it. In modern times seven is a rarely-used maximum. Most sit about three days. If Shiva is cut off after a day by a festival or holiday people then call it a “celebration, observance” or some similar term. Basically you gather in the home of the bereaved or another location to give comfort and say prayers.
We don’t embalm. It’s in general a violation of everything in the book.
That is a strong possibility but he normally would have talked to me about it during the last month or two. That was my experience with him.
That is a classy way to let loved ones know and one I support. As for burial my wife’s grandmother made a similar request but at a cemetery. The result, because of the layout, was to force my (surviving) father-in-law and his wife to get another plot. The plot is near where we live, in Valhalla, New York. I look askance at that given how closely the two of them have been New York City residents first and Queens natives second at heart. My wife, though, doesn’t mind and I defer to her.
Another classy way to end life, in addition to Pappadave’s.