Are funerals life's ultimate rip-off?
April 22, 2016 4:26am CST
My good friend has just cremated her mother (well obviously, she didn't do it personally - she hired a professional) and is now up in arms about the bill she has received from the undertakers. This bill is more than twice the amount she had to pay 5 years ago when her step-father died and his cremation was handled by the same people. Luckily for her, she has the evidence of the paperwork from the last funeral and so she has evidence of the ridiculous increase in the costs. She's off to have a 'robust' discussion with the firm of undertakers and to invite them to reconsider their invoice before she takes it to their professional association. I can't help thinking that these companies take advantage of grieving families and assume that since most of us don't need their business very often, we won't shop around and we won't compare prices. In this case, they clearly don't know what's about to hit them as my friend is not the slightest bit embarrassed to challenge them for their over-inflated invoice. I'm looking forward to hearing how she gets on as I think she has a very strong case.
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