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Home / Preface
5 - Costa Rica in Brief
6 - Map of Costa Rica
8 - Symbols of Costa Rica
9 - Introduction
12 - Getting a Bird's Eye View
14 - Why Choose Costa Rica?
18 - Costa Rica Has Many Firsts to its Name
22 - A Place That Accepts All Races
30 - The Friendliness of the Costa Ricans
33 - Ticos are Individualistic
35 - Ticos Are Different and Procrastinators
38 - Why Others Have Gone Abroad
42 - Specific Reasons for Leaving Home
45 - Culture Shock
48 - Enjoy Your Retirement by Adjusting
49 - Ways to Adjust to Your New Life
56 - Making Your Stay More Satifying
58 - Cost of Living
67 - Addresses and Directions
69 - Your Car and Driving
71 - How Not to Be Obnoxious to Locals
74 - Adjusting to the Weather and Climate
76 - Choosing the Right Climate for You
77 - City Living versus Country Living
79 - Where to Live in Costa Rica
82 - Living in Your American Style
84 - Top Quality Health Services
87 - Medical Centers in San José
89 - Dying in Costa Rica
91 - Security and Safety in Costa Rica
94 - Personal Experiences of Petty Thievery
98 - Sex and Romance
101 - Going into Business Yourself
105 - Expatriates Production Enterprises
110 - Expatriates Service Businesses
114 - The Business Environment
120 - Helpful Tips for the Newcomer
125 - National Holidays and Festivities
128 - Religion, Churches & Support Groups
131 - The Optimism and Health Link
133 - The 8 Point Formula for Anti-Aging
134 - Obtaining Insurance
136 - Early Colonial History in Brief
139 - English Language & Tico Expressions
144 - Misdemeanors That Are Now Felonies
146 - Closing Words
148 - Bibliography
149 - For More Information and Contacts
151 - Appendix
155 - Index

Availability of Good Services Gives Tranquillity

Since no good book about retiring of living permanently in Costa Rica should exclude the subject of death, I'll cover some aspects of it here. Death is something we must all accept, preferably good naturedly for our greater tranquillity and peace of mind. And the prospects of dying in a foreign country can be just as stressful as anywhere else especially if you have not prepared for it. Of course, many of us are not really ready for it as far as drawing up a will is concerned or planning the distribution of our goods and properties, but it's good to at least keep the thought in the back of our mind and do what is necessary ahead of time for the benefit of our spouse, family members or other beneficiaries.

Today it's almost more expensive to die than to be born. Nevertheless, in Costa Rica funeral and burial services are still much less costly than they are in the United States and in the industrialized European nations. Funeral homes charge different prices for their services according to the number and complexity of their services. Therefore, should you need them, it's advisable to ask for prices and the forms of payment before using them. Several offer cremation services.

Following are a few of the principal funeral homes in the San José Metropolitan area:

Funerales Costarricenses La Auxiliadora, Calle 40 Av.10
Funerales Montesacro at San Pedro de Montes de Oca
Jardines del Recuerdo with branches in Alajuela and Heredia
Funeraria Polini, Calle 14 , Av.8 in front of the Red Cross
Funerari del Magisterio Nacional with branches in 17 other cities.

In and around the city of San José there are several cemeteries. The Cementerio General on Avenida 10 is the oldest with all tombs above the ground in good Spanish fashion. Its carefully mowed lawns, well-trimmed cypress trees and beautiful tombs, many with religious images sculptured in Carrara marble, give it an aura of peace and quiet. This cemetery is really a beautiful garden and definitely a peaceful resting place for all, whether deceased or not. Some persons walk through its grass-lanes merely to feel peace and tranquillity. More than a few foreign tourists visit it as something worth seeing. Today it's very difficult and expensive to find burial space in this cemetery which is operated by the Junta de Protección Social.


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