Sorry to hear about the death in your family...my condolances.
There are a few pet stores around that have reptiles. There are not so many that keep their reptiles in good conditions. I recently heard of someone who has/sells quite a few snakes in his basement. It's not really an open-to-the-public kind of store but you can visit by apointment. Ask Mary V. (member vanderkm) about it...she has been there and said that it was worth the visit.
If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.