Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tough week

It's been a tough week, glad it is over. I haven't done much but set and "think". Daydream might be a better word. I can't get over the cost of funerals these days. When Laurel Land Cemetery started in 1940s my grandfather bought six lots. Down through the years, prices have gone up and up. I expected some increase, but they are just unreal. There should be a law against "gouging". I have bought several lots for my children, and me. In 2006  when my son was murdered, I used one lot. His funeral was a little over $6000.00. Now I needed the one next to him for his sister. Now, it would be over $9000.00 for the least expensive funeral! Can you imagine? Keep in mind, that does not include the cost of the lot. So that leaves cremation. Their cremation was $3500, not cheap. So another place was found, guess what, they used Laurel Lands crematory!I know a lot of people are opting for cremation, it is not something I want for myself. Just to bury her Urn in her lot, I already own, is over $1200! I just think there should be some sort of legislation to prevent funeral homes from "gouging" people when they are already hurt and upset. I know that most people can't afford that kind of money.
Of course I know that everyone should plan for their own burial, with insurance, or a pre need burial policy, having buried or been included in making arrangements for most of my family, I did just that.
A lot of people are now donating their body, this is one thing Escapee's RV Club speaks of, again, not for me. They handle everything including a no-cost cremation to keep it simple for you.
On top of everything else my dog has been sick. It just never ends!


  1. ScienceCare is the one I'm looking into. My husband and I owned plots right next to my parents in Cincinnati, and I think my kids would prefer me to be next to their dad. I don't really care what they do with me, and this seems like an opportunity to do something that will benefit others, plus leave my kids with much less to worry about financially speaking. I have insurance but sure don't want it to be spent on burial. It certainly isn't for everyone, but it's an alternative to think about for many folks.

    I hope your life gets easier - you sure have had a time of it this past year.

  2. I'm sorry that it has been such a trying period of time. My heart goes out to you.