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(Stuff.co.nz)   Do-it-yourself funerals have become a popular way to save money, if you don't mind putting up with a little dead weight   (stuff.co.nz) divider line 11
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2014-06-08 09:50:26 AM  
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When my estranged brother died 4 years ago, we had no money. Went with a shoestring funeral home, no casket, cremation with everything costing about $2500. They did a wake, and put him in a cardboard box covered with a nice fabric. It was halfway through the wake that they asked my niece, his oldest daughter, to come in and write a check for the service. How they didn't have the heart to arrange that beforehand was beyond me.

When my sister died last year, my parents were so heartbroken about what had happened with my brother that they cashed out a chunk of retirement/equity. My sister got a $13K funeral, with $2500 going to transport her from another state.

Both ceremonies were heartbreaking. Both were well-attended. And neither ceremony made anything any better. Throw my body in a crematorium and scatter my ashes in places I loved, and spend any insurance money on making sure my kid never goes hungry. That's all I want.
2014-06-08 09:23:10 AM  
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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.
2014-06-08 09:56:03 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2014-06-08 09:54:19 AM  
1 votes:
I wish donating your body to science meant guys in lab coats show up and take your body away and send a little certificate of being nice where your body would be during a visitation/wake.
2014-06-08 09:48:34 AM  
1 votes:

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.


They do have to pull out and replace the lining afterwards but in her case she would never have been in it. For an open casket service sure, but damn. You can get a decent casket through Sam's club for $400-$600. I really don't think it's being cheap so much as practical. The church where we had the service would have buried her in their plot for free. But we had already discussed cremation. I can be buried or cremated by the military but that still doesn't include the service. I told my kids skip it. Have a pot luck and say good bye that way.
2014-06-08 09:32:28 AM  
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I forgot to add, transporting the body from the coroners office to the crematorium was part of the package $595, the death certificates were I believe $20 or $25 for the first copy then $4 or $5 for each additional certified copy. The a la carte funeral home prices included $250 for transporting the body, $1800 for the cremation, $250 for refrigeration(3 days, more cost for longer), additional $250 for saturday service, $500 for Sunday, it went on and on. I guess Texas requires the piecemeal price list.
2014-06-08 09:20:29 AM  
1 votes:
Viking funeral or nothing.
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2014-06-08 09:13:58 AM  
1 votes:

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


The hospital won't have the equipment to do a cremation. But you can get a funeral home to give you the cremains in a plain container for cheap.

/brother was a funeral director
//got "let go" because he wouldn't adopt predatory sales practices
2014-06-08 09:11:42 AM  
1 votes:

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


That would of course depend on the regulations in your state/province/country. Cremations are a special case, though, as the facility would need to be licensed due to emissions/health risks. Not all hospitals or morgues have a crematorium on site, either.
2014-06-08 08:46:51 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2014-06-08 07:55:41 AM  
1 votes:
Do it yourself cremations aren't catching on no matter how many times people suggest dying in a fire.
 
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