SETTING THESAURUS

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Settings should always be chosen with care. Consider the emotion you want your viewpoint character to feel and how setting choices, weather elements, and symbolism might build a specific mood in the scene, create tension and conflict, or even raise the stakes.
SIGHTS:
Manicured lawns and flower plots
A parking lot
A parking garage in the back (containing a hearse, limousine, and minivan for discreet body transfers)
A tastefully decorated foyer
A storage room (with body shipping boxes, a refrigeration unit, cleaning and embalming supplies, a workspace for transferring ashes to urns)
An embalming room (with a table, a sink, an embalming machine, jugs of embalming fluid, scalpels, aneurysm hooks, eye caps, a ventilation system, UV lights)
A viewing room (soft lighting, painted or wood paneled walls, an open space around the casket, silk flower arrangements, tasteful décor, a patterned rug or carpet to minimize noise, chairs or benches, boxes of tissues)
A showroom floor (glossy caskets in different styles, couches and tables for consultations, a selection of urns on display, a binder of flower arrangement choices, catalogues for special customizations and designs, samples of memorial pamphlets to be distributed the day of the funeral)
A chapel where services are held (a book for guests to sign, chairs or pews, a podium and stage, video and media equipment, a sound system, a piano or organ, guests clutching tissues and programs, an easel holding a portrait of the deceased, a collection of the deceased's personal items for viewing)
A reception room with snacks and drinks

SOUNDS:
Footsteps muffled in thick carpet
Soft music or hymns
People speaking in hushed tones
Fabric rustling
Quiet weeping
Sniffing
Blowing noses
Speeches given from the podium
A meaningful song sung by a loved one during the service
The creak of pews
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