staplermofo: Do it yourself cremations aren't catching on no matter how many times people suggest dying in a fire.
Wolf892: Probably a dumb question but I've never had anyone in my family die close to me...If you die, and they take your body to the morgue/hospital, can you request that they cremate the body as soon as they are finished with it (whatever paperwork or investigation) free of charge and then hand you a box of ashes to dispose of, or do you have to use a funeral home and pay for cremation and funeral costs whether you want one or not?Thanks
big pig peaches: $1200 for a rental casket? Talk about opportunistic prices.For that I'll just prop my mother in a nice convertible ferrari.
doczoidberg: This is a great idea.I don't get why people waste time and money on something as pointless as a funeral.When I die, just toss my body in a dumpster with the rest of trash, and forget the whole ugly episode.
Dancin_In_Anson: My instructions are quite clear.cheapest bake and shake available and any more that would be spent on traditional funeral expenses shall go towards a BBQ with all the trimmings and beer my friends (and anyone else that wants to come) can handle. The party doesn't need to end because I'm not in attendance.I could get on board with the green burial though. I have some acreage that I wouldn't mind turning into a family plot...with the stipulation that if that's where you're going to take the dirt nap, you go as naked and natural as you came into the world.Either way, there's going to be a throw down and you're invited.
sn68f: My mother recently passed away and she had no money, and right now neither do I. A bare bones funeral service with cremation through the home would have cost $6k-$8k. A local crematorium did the cremation and death certificates for $700. We had a service at my relatives local church, with their musicians and minister in attendance. They also printed up the folders for free. I did give the church $200 and the minister $200. I spent a couple hundred on blown up pics and accessories. Her brothers and sisters chipped in for the luncheon and we had plenty of flowers. Less than $1500 and it was every bit as nice as a funeral home setting, perhaps better since it was in a more comfortable setting. With the cremation obviously there was no graveside service. The turning point for me being cheap was the funeral home wanting to charge $1200 to rent a casket for appearances. My mom could not even have an open casket. One neat thing we did was I had pen/paper/envelopes set out for people to write her a goodbye letter to be placed with her when she was cremated. I get that not everyone could do it by themselves but it did not take that much effort. It would have been easier if my siblings had helped but I got plenty of help from my cousin, my aunts and uncles. I'm sure my mom would be ok with how everything turned out.
Omnis_evil_twin: Some hospitals offer free cremation services for miscarriages. But the remains go into a mass grave much of the time. No one will give an adult free cremation services unless the body was donated to science or the deceased was a John Doe with no family.
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