casket with flowers, blue skyWhen I left off, I just had the conversation with my Dad about if there was any money for funeral expenses. My Dad said there wasn’t any. So I planned to have the funeral in a cost effective manner.

So Dad dies and the family meets at the funeral home to plan the arrangement. At this funeral home to make the arrangements are my stepmother, her son, a family friend who is a minister, my husband, I and the funeral home owner. I am given free reign to chose the casket, the vault, etc. Everything I chose is in the “middle” range – not the most expensive, but not the least expensive either. I figure out I was given reign on the choosing because I was paying for the funeral. I was surprised when I received the next month’s American Express bill and the $8,900 charge for the funeral was not there yet. I was happy because I figured I needed another month to have the money to pay it off. In my surprise, I called my stepmother. She was surprised too.

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