What can I do with my dad's body?
June 22, 2010 6:00 PM Subscribe
My dad died last thursday. We're cremating his body but the final disposition of his remains is a problem for my family. Basically, we're too poor to do anything but flush him down the toilet. Help?
posted by Avenger to Grab Bag (39 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Long story short: my dad is dead. We were going to fly him out to California to be buried with his father, but that plan was nixed due to extreme cost. Now we are cremating him and planned to bury his urn with his father. Problem is that costs almost as much as a regular burial, according to the cemetery people. They want almost $1000 just to sprinkle my dad's remains on his father's grave.
We're baffled how we can honor our father's wishes (be buried with his dad), or, at the very least, give him a decent send off. This is complicated by the fact that dad was a bit of a homebody and didn't have a "favorite place" where we could really spread his ashes. (We don't own the home in California that we grew up in, either).
I was thinking of placing my dad in a memorial garden with a memorial plaque (several years down the road, hopefully when I have more money), but even then I'm afraid of the enormous cost (and I'm even unaware of any specialized memorial parks for cremated remains).
Does anybody have any suggestions as to what we can do with my dad other than keeping him in a shoebox under my bed? (Even though he would probably get a kick out of that!)