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Who pays for a funeral if the person who dies is poor?

Discussion in 'Lifestyle, Health & Diet' started by Jade-clothing, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Gramaisc

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    People have been buried in their own gardens, although I thought planning permission might be necessary, and it can cause difficulties when it comes to selling the place.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3630221.stm
     
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    A friends mother once bought about 6 or 7 copies of the same DVD on line, kept clicking the buy icon "to make sure" and then didn't notice the total price when paying..
    Quote Peter Kaye, " if it's not one thing, it's yer mother"
     
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    Both my parents have recently done this, all pre-arranged and paid for in advance.

    Quite what would happen in a HMV voucher type scenario is unclear - presumably rather than walking out with goods to the value of, you dump the stiff on the doorstep and do a runner?
     
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    Much easier to do - they won't have tags fitted and set off the detectors on the way in.
     
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    That's a good point Little Me, I hadn't thought about that, they are hardly likely to die at the same time so the first funeral would be paid for by the remaining parent - I think they get pension credits and a bit of housing benefit so that one would be taken care of. Mum's always said she just wants to be chucked i a cardboard box and doesnt want a ceremony - so would be ideal if Dad went first! Don't worry about being blunt - I'm the same, but I suppose it's easy when we are talking about facts and not actually going through the event in question.
     
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    No, they haven't made wills. They are of the opinion that they don't need to as they live in sheltered accommodation and have no savings. That shouldn't be too much of a problem when the first one goes but will still be a nightmare after the second one. I keep telling them they still need a will even though they don't have much.
     
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    This, somewhat unsavoury, comedy - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pw5s2 - featuring Ronnie Corbett, was on the radio whilst I was struggling through the blizzard this morning. It covers a lot of what we have been talking about.
     
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    I believe Age UK offer a service http://www.ageuk.org.uk/products/financial-products-and-services/legal-services/ Its not free but probably cost effective.
     

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