What happens when some one dies and the family cant afford to bury them?

United States
May 10, 2009 7:01pm CST
to they have financing or something? i remember a family friend his wife just left him because he wasnt making enough money for her and when he died they had at his service a thing to "donate" money to pay for it all! i thought it was so tacky since his wife had the money but didnt want to spend it on him! surely there is something that can be worked out.. i mean the government only gives you like 250 bucks towards it and its like 10k or more to bury some one and cremation has gotten a lot higher than it used to be (like a thousand dollars was what it used to be but that was years ago) so obviously the government money is a joke as far as helping.. so what happens? do they finance it with the family? sell the persons stuff to use towards it? do they just offer to bury them with no headstone or funeral? or cremate them?
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@twoey68 (13663)
• United States
13 Aug 09
If I understand it right, the body is held for so long and then it's buried in a potter's grave. It's unmarked and just stuck in a crude wooden box in the ground. What's sad is that they are just dumped. I couldn't do that to anyone in my family. I don't have a burial policy but Hubby is taken care of through VA. I really need to save up for mine...after all it will happen one day no doubt. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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• United States
14 Aug 09
yeah i need to make arrangements too but just cant right now.. its too depressing when im going through so much medical crap (nothing that will kill me just make me miserable lol) and in my 20s so i figure in the next couple of years i will.. i know its stupid to put it off but i dont wanna get all deeply depressed either
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@twoey68 (13663)
• United States
16 Aug 09
Ours isn't so much that it's depressing as much as it is finances. With money being so tight, it's just not possible to do much about it. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@riyasam (16583)
• India
11 May 09
if the family cant afford to bury,the government does help in its own way,i think they dont bury the corpse rather they crmnate as they find it more cost-friendly and less of a hassle.
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• United States
11 May 09
ah ok.. do they have to prove they cant pay or pay it off over time?
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@riyasam (16583)
• India
11 May 09
i think one has to submit the document showing the family income...
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@riyasam (16583)
• India
11 May 09
if the documents are in right order,the government officials take the responsibility of the cremation,the family doesnt have to pay anything..
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@agrim94 (3809)
• India
11 May 09
Hi moonlitmagikchild, Well in our religion we dont bury our dear ones who have passed away . We burn them as we have think fire purifies everything. Out here since it is little costly affair we got quite a few religious organizations who would help you do last rites of the one who has passed so their soul can rest in peace. Also if you can not afford it then municipal committee of that place do it. Also if you live in a village then everyone from every house would come to where your body is to be given to holy god of fire and everyone would bring one piece of wood and they would be enough to torch the body and priest would do it for free if you are poor and can not afford it. Though it is not on large scale but atleast your passed near and dear dont get disrespected.
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• United States
14 May 09
thats cool
@agrim94 (3809)
• India
10 Aug 10
hi lady writer , i donot understand what is not allowed in London? I think there are hindus every where and they do get their last rites by Hindu rituals may it be london or paris or chicago.
• Canada
10 Sep 09
This has been something I've always wondered about. I just asked my husband, and he doesn't know either. Now we are both sitting here wondering. I guess we'll have to go through this thread and read what people have responded before us. Good thing this isn't a brand new discussion.
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