When you receive the news of a family member’s death, it leaves you in shock, and you need time to process it in your mind. You have so many questions popping up in your head while your eyes fill up with tears. Then comes the tricky part―funeral arrangements and their costs.
Why are funerals so expensive? The deceased person’s family has to go through the stressful process of arranging a funeral when they haven’t fully recovered from the emotional shock of losing their loved one. While some families can afford expensive funerals, others have to ask for financial assistance.
The truth is that several steps are involved in funerals, including transportation, preparation of the body, memorial service, and burial. All of these processes involve human resources and specialized techniques that are costly. What options does a person have who can’t afford to pay for these services?
WOMAN REFUSED TO PAY HER SISTER FOR HER FATHER’S FUNERAL
Would you spend a fortune on your loved one’s funeral when they wished it was as simple as possible? A Redditor confessed she refused to pay her sister for their father’s funeral because she went overboard with the expenses against their father’s wishes.
When their father was alive, he told the Redditor that he wanted to be handled by the same funeral house that buried her grandparents. Her sister had already hired the most expensive funeral house in her absence. She accepted her decision and invited her sister to talk to the funeral house the following day.
When the Redditor arrived at the funeral house, she discovered that her sister had already paid with some extra arrangements. This came as a shock because her sister didn’t have a stable job. Her sister revealed that she had used her credit cards and borrowed money from other people. She asked the Redditor to pay half the money.
The OP (Original Poster) also contacted the other funeral house and discovered they were charging less money. She told her sister that it wasn’t fair because she came to this funeral house without discussing it with her and disrespected their father’s wishes. The Redditor refused to hand over half the cash to her.
She had trouble trusting her sister with money because she had been to jail several times. She told her she would pay to the funeral house instead. The OP asked other users if she was unfair, and most of them supported her decision. They even said they would “cut off with her sister.”
WOMAN REFUSED TO PAY FOR HER FATHER’S FUNERAL BECAUSE HE ABANDONED HER
Another Redditor said she didn’t want to pay for her father’s funeral because he abandoned her during her childhood. She lost contact with him after he ran with his girlfriend but later exchanged phone calls. A few days before his death, she found out that he was in the hospital and she and her brother had to arrange the funeral.
The funeral expenses would be about $1500, and she and her brother had to bear it. She didn’t want to pay because she never considered him as her father, and if she didn’t, then the burden would shift on her brother’s shoulders. She asked other users for suggestions, and one of them said:
WHAT HAPPENS IF NO ONE PAYS FOR A PERSON’S FUNERAL?
Does the state intervene when no one pays for a person’s funeral? Do governments provide financial assistance to people who can’t afford funeral services? Yes. The local authorities are responsible for the funeral when people leave no money behind, and neither does their family have enough funds.
A student nurse applied for a funeral payment scheme after her father’s sudden demise. The scheme makes sure the government bears all expenses. Unfortunately, the girl didn’t qualify for the financial aid and had to manage the costs independently.
Since she was a working student, the government asked her to apply for a loan to meet her father’s funeral expenses. She managed to arrange a basic funeral for her father, while she wanted to do more. There were no funeral cars for her or the family.
She raised her voice against the government to ensure no other student goes through the same ordeal. “I feel like I’m being penalized because I’m a student. I work 30 hours a week as well as assignments on top, but I barely have enough money to live off without paying for a funeral, too,” she said.
NOT MANY FAMILIES CAN PAY FOR FUNERALS
Many people in the U.S. cannot afford to pay for funerals, so they opt for cremation services instead of burying their loved ones. Cremation has some advantages over burial, including lower costs and less planning. You can also save the ashes in many ways.
However, not everyone prefers cremation for their family member. They might feel that burial is more comfortable for the deceased. However, it’s not easy to bear the costs associated with burial. That’s why low-income families depend on funeral homes to bury their loved ones.
Authorities discovered that a Detriot funeral home never buried the remains of people. They cremated the deceased and stored their remains in bags and boxes. The investigators found about 300 remains from the funeral home.
The families were unaware of what the funeral home management was doing because they trusted them for the entire process. Low-income families don’t have enough money to hire people and arrange a proper funeral. They are forced to rely on funeral homes no matter what.
Should people trust funeral houses with the cremation and burial of their loved ones? It’s difficult for people to save thousands of dollars for funerals, so they are left with only a few options, and funeral houses are one of them.
The authorities discovered a funeral house in Detriot that had remains of fetuses stored in the ceiling. This irresponsible behavior plays with people’s trust because they aren’t sure what will happen to their loved ones if they hand their dead bodies to them.
What do you think should be done to bring the cost of funerals down? Or is it fair to pay thousands of dollars to bury your loved one? Leave a comment so we can know what our readers think about this topic.