I don’t know anyone that likes to talk about dying. But you know, it’s a fact of life that we are all going to die one day. We’re born, we live our lives, we pass away. Recently a friend’s husband passed away and in hearing about some of the costs to lay her husband to rest it hit me that dying is an expensive business nowadays. According to AARP, the typical funeral costs $8000!
My frugal Grandma passed away on her birthday in 2007. Grandma had had Alzheimer’s for the last ten years of her life and her cognitive moments were far and few between by the time she was moved into hospice. On her 93rd birthday she slept while most of her family gathered around her to celebrate her life. Later that evening she passed peacefully, leaving on the same date that she arrived.
My mother was very distraught and so it was with great relief that we learned that a very lovely memorial service had been planned many decades earlier, by my frugal grandmother.
You see, she had contracted with a funeral home decades earlier, laying out the plans for it was time to meet her Maker, (cremated and no open casket) and had paid on an installment plan specifically to avoid burdening her family with the costs of a funeral. I have no idea how much she paid over the years, but I would imagine many hundreds, if not a few thousand dollars. I have always felt this was amazingly thoughtful of my Grandma. I briefly considered doing something similar, but never pursued the idea.
I have two other friends who are elderly who have been paying for their burial and memorial service on a time payment plan which they’ve been paying on for years. I wonder if back in the 50s or 60s there were door to door funeral salesmen?
I am certain that I do not want a lot of money spent on my body once I’ve expired. I know that I’m going to a better place when I die, and I’m not too concerned with what happens to this shell that my soul resides in after I’m gone. Having heard that cremation is inexpensive, I figured I would put that into my last will and testament at some point in time.
But the other day I heard about another option. My husband told me his sister is planning to donate her body to science. My interest was piqued so off I went to do a quick Google search.
Well! I think I just bypassed my Grandma in frugality (at least in one area)!
I think I’ll donate my body to science after I die. One of the sites I looked into is Medcure.org. According to their site your body will be cremated at a licensed crematorium, your cremated remains will be returns to your family within 4-6 weeks (or “a scattering at sea can be arranged), all at no cost!
I never considered how important a dead body could be! They explain everything on this site, including how your body will be used, and there are also testimonials from happy family members. Interesting.
It’s pretty simple. You just sign up and they send you donor cards to keep in your wallet in the event you meet your demise earlier than later.
Have you given any thought to this grim topic? Do you plan to spend a lot of money or would you consider taking the frugal option of donating your body to science?
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