I'm writing a short story about a funeral director in Maine. I am originally from Florida and I'm curious about a few things. I'm trying to determine how much impact the whole winter thing would have on a funeral director in either Maine or New England in general. I have found some allusions to "winter storage" and I remember a coworker mentioning a burial had needed to be delayed until Spring for a relative who had died elsewhere in New England.
My questions: Is it usual to delay the burial? Are there other options? Would a Maine native take this as understood, or possibly be surprised? Finally, are there other euphemisms, jokes, etc that refer to the problems of burying people in Winter?