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Old 02-10-2017, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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purchase your casket online and save a lot, ALL funeral homes must receive and use the casket you purchase.
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Old 02-10-2017, 10:11 PM
 
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purchase your casket online and save a lot, ALL funeral homes must receive and use the casket you purchase.
Yes, as mentioned before I'd like to get one of those pine boxes from Angola if possible, I don't even know if they sell them to the public.....but where does a person store something like that? I don't have room for it.

I've seen low-cost hand-built caskets online that can be used as book or what-not shelves until needed. My husband was creeped out by that concept. I wouldn't be.
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:08 PM
 
Location: SW US
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What happened to the old idea of having an emergency fund? Is that idea already outmoded? Since the timing of most funerals cannot be predicted in advance, one can just write a check for the expenses from one's emergency fund, the same as one would do for a new water heater or a major car repair or similar.
Who holds the emergency fund? If it's you, how do survivors access it in a hurry? Or is someone else supposed to hold funds for when you die? Your funds or theirs?
My Mom's life insurance paid for her funeral.
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:13 PM
 
Location: SW US
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A couple of years ago we contracted with Neptune for cremation with our ashes to be scattered in the Gulf of Mexico.
How much does Neptune charge for this? Do you pay once, or is there an annual fee?
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Old 02-12-2017, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Who holds the emergency fund? If it's you, how do survivors access it in a hurry? Or is someone else supposed to hold funds for when you die? Your funds or theirs?
My Mom's life insurance paid for her funeral.
I already answered this in my post #24.
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Old 02-12-2017, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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Yes, as mentioned before I'd like to get one of those pine boxes from Angola if possible, I don't even know if they sell them to the public.....but where does a person store something like that? I don't have room for it.

I've seen low-cost hand-built caskets online that can be used as book or what-not shelves until needed. My husband was creeped out by that concept. I wouldn't be.
If it is the Pine box type it might make a nice coffee table. Interesting topic of conversation too!
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Old 02-12-2017, 02:41 PM
 
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My best best friend just died recently and his funeral was this week. He by philosophy had lived for living and not for dying or even for his retirement years which were financially challenging in many ways. Fortunately his wife worked and made good money but her liquidity was limited and the household income now reduced. It made me think when I saw this thread that if you can't afford dying how much could you really afford living? It is a challenge while death comes to all the financial consequences are all so very different. He does have insurance from his former job and his wife just retired so it is a rotten way to begin her retirement. With so many facing hardships while working is their really a good plan for death when our working years are done. Wouldn't it be nice if SS or Medicare had a one time death payment to help with the families efforts to honor and remember their loved one!
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:30 PM
 
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Wouldn't it be nice if SS or Medicare had a one time death payment to help with the families efforts to honor and remember their loved one!
Doesn't SS have a one-time death benefit? A whopping $255 last I heard.
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Old 02-13-2017, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I am another one who chose to opt out of spending exorbitant amounts of money on dead people. By the time my parents died, they had outlived most of their friends and siblings and the ones who were left were too frail to travel. We had them cremated. Mom's ashes were put on the Continental Divide and my dad's in the Mississippi River. When my H died, I spread his ashes on his parent's grave.

No regrets about this at all! I know I would be very angry if I had wasted 50K on 3 funerals! We all worked hard to make the money we had. Too hard to waste it!
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Old 02-13-2017, 04:47 PM
 
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Doesn't SS have a one-time death benefit? A whopping $255 last I heard.
True, I guess I was thinking of a larger amount of money that actually helped at a more reasonable level. They had pensions and his SS and were over six figures income even with her having retired but with a high debt level. Their situation could have been avoided but it is what it is.
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