Demand rises for publicly funded burials
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yeah thats right

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009...rals_N.htm

Demand rises for publicly funded burials
By Donna Leinwand, USA TODAY

The rough economy is inflicting hardship on people even in death.

Coroners and funeral directors in several cities say the number of people seeking government-paid funerals, cremations and burials is spiking. Most counties and states will use public money to cremate or bury people who are too poor to pay for private services.

"People just aren't in a position to pay $7,000 for a private funeral and burial," says Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, where the number of people seeking county burial has nearly doubled since last year.

The percentage of people in poverty in the USA is climbing, says Gregory Acs, a senior fellow at The Urban Institute. When the recession started at the end of 2007, about 12.5% of the U.S. population was considered impoverished, up from 11.7% in 2001, he says.

Among the counties noting a surge in requests for indigent burials:

• The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office handled 205 indigent deaths in the last six months of 2007. This year, from Jan. 1 to June 30, the office handled 404 indigent deaths — a 97% increase. "It has put a major financial strain on this department," Smith says. "I need to come up with $12,000 a month in a budget that's locked up tight as a drum."

Then in February, the county crematory notified the coroner it was overflowing with natural death cases and couldn't handle cases from the coroner, who handles accidental deaths, homicides and unidentified people, Smith says. "My body count in my crypt swelled to near capacity," Smith says, as he sought a crematory to handle the excess corpses.

• Las Vegas has seen a 22% increase in indigent cremations and burials since last year, says Dan Kulin, a spokesman for Clark County, Nev. In the budget year that ended June 30, 2008, the county handled 741 indigent deaths. In the same period ending June this year, the county handled 904 deaths, he says.

"It's a sign of the times," Kulin says.

• Kenton County, Ky., is expecting a record year of indigent burials. The 29 indigent burials as of Aug. 13 are more than double last year's total of 12, says Don Catchen, whose funeral home has the county contract for indigent burials.

Catchen offers a minimal private funeral and cremation for $1,400.

"With the economy being what it is, some of the lesser-income families … are barely surviving and they don't have any money to pay for even a minimum funeral service," he says.

"I've had the (county) contract 14 years," he says, "and it's never been like this before."
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#2
I didn't know that was possible. So when I die I can stick the government with the bill? Things are looking up...
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#3
you mean tax payers with the bill
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(08-20-2009, 06:31 PM)devotedknuckles Wrote: you mean tax payers with the bill

They print the money Wink

They aren't honest about it, so money looses its mean. I mean, if they can't spend a trillion dollars they don't have, they can surely spent a few thousand at the most to prevent me from stinky up public property (I plan on dying in public)
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(08-20-2009, 06:33 PM)Rosarium Wrote:
(08-20-2009, 06:31 PM)devotedknuckles Wrote: you mean tax payers with the bill

(I plan on dying in public)

see, I plan on dying on some mountain in the Southwest, in fact I almost have the location down, I just need a few more reconaissance trips and I'll be set when I am 50 or so
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(08-20-2009, 07:20 PM)AntoniusMaximus Wrote: see, I plan on dying on some mountain in the Southwest, in fact I almost have the location down, I just need a few more reconaissance trips and I'll be set when I am 50 or so

I plan on dying when it is most inconvenient for others in public. Nothing like remind people of their death to someone die.

I also have a bet with my sister. Whoever dies first gets $50 from the other, and I need the money.
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(08-20-2009, 07:26 PM)Gie2me Wrote:what?!  :o         50 is YOUNG!      You're nuts!  Crazy         
What is any age compared to eternity?

Quote:And Rosarium....why would you wanna die in public> Martyrdom?
Memento Mori, for the benefit of others. Also, one last act of social awkwardness Smile

Quote:i'm building my coffin so no one gets stuck with the bill.
I'd buy mine. The cheapest I can get. I also do not want to be embalmed or cut open when I die. Put me in box, put box in ground. Realise you are next. That is the three step funeral plan Smile
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#8
on a packed mtro train during rush hour in the tunnels. thats a good spot to go ros. and everyone is trapped looking at you. if u really want to spook them go out with a full bladder and colon.
just sayin.
if your not gonna get embalmed don't be having an open casket your family would not appreciate that one bit.
good idea about the coffin.
im gonna be put in a tomb. after all the fool built a house the wise man a tomb.
SIP SIP
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(08-20-2009, 07:31 PM)Gie2me Wrote:I like your plan. Society needs to come to reality and you are their ticket. Hope you get what you want. Wink

What? You want me to die? How cruel.  sad

(08-20-2009, 07:33 PM)devotedknuckles Wrote: if your not gonna get embalmed don't be having an open casket your family would not appreciate that one bit.
good idea about the coffin.
They could use the reminder.
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LOL
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