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A "deal" offered by cemetary

June 25th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

So the cemetary kept adding on more and more expenses ... estimated cost was reaching upwards of $7k!!!! My aunt basically told them thanks, but no thanks - we'll come up with another plan. Oh boy, did they ever start back pedaling!

In the end it looks like what we're going to do is use my grandma's plot for both my dad's ashes and when grandma dies, her ashes. We'll get a headstone with both her name and dads name on it (hers minus a death date of course.) Basically we'll all arrive just like we're coming for a visit, grandma will sign the necessary paperwork, and the cemetary people will dig the hole. No other fan fare (canopy, chairs, funeral direcotor, car to drive ashes to site, etc.)

That brings the cost down to approximately $1900 + $750 - 1450 for the headstone. Still a lot of money, but considerably less than the first quote ($3300) and WAY less than the recent quotes.

I think I want to have my body donated to science (organs donated), you get cremated for free, and then have my ashes spread out somewhere ... So basically no cost at all.

A friend of mine works at Kohl's and she posted today that the newest Kohl's cares books/animals were out. I'm usually two hours away from the nearest Kohl's when they put out their stock, so I decided to see if I could take advantadge of it. Smile I bought 4 hardcover Skippyjon Jones books, a plush SJ toy, and a plush monkey -- $31.xx. My friend had said her store had penquins also .. but to my dissapointment, the Kohl's here did not have penquins. Frown I really wanted two penquins - one for my non-ficiton penquin books, and one to go with my Tacky the Penquin books. They did have a stuffed bumblebee ... I was wracking my brain for any books that would go well with a bumblebee, but really couldn't think of any. My grandma suggested it could go with the song/poem, "Flight of the Bumblebee," but I was looking for a bit more to go on than that. Big Grin

I talked to my principal today. She told me that Kari (my cat) is still doing well. That everyday when she goes in to feed and interact with her, that all Kari wants is some loving - doesn't seem too interested in playing at all.

My principal told me that she was worried that I wouldn't be back in time for school to start. I assured her that I would be heading back the last weekend of July. I *have* to have some time to get ready for the next year!

Summer school seems to be going well. The person who took over for me is pretty much using the plans and ideas I left with him. I really hope that they do video the closing program .. I so was looking forward to seeing the kids put it together. Frown I'm just glad to know things are going well...

I had a major missing my dad moment today. When my grandma and I were at Kohl's, I went to lock the car using the remote. No matter what I did it wouldn't lock. I went around the car and made sure all the doors were shut tight. Still didn't work. My first thought was, "I need to call dad, he'll know what to try/do!" Then .. sigh... Frown

It worked fine on all of our later stops. My brother thinks it probably is the battery. Dad *loved* to do the "lock" function multiple times - especially when around other people - just to get a reaction of some sort. So, that probably wore the battery down. My brother thinks he can change the battery easy peasy - there is a screw on the back of the key fob thingy. I just need to find the right battery for it.

I'm glad I still have my brother to call on.

6 Responses to “A "deal" offered by cemetary”

  1. laura Says:


    BTW, my going into 2nd grader LOVES SkippyJon Jones, and he sings those whacky songs with his older sister. He got a hardcover book that came with a CD.

    Enjoy your time with your G-ma. Mine went back to CA (from IL) two weeks ago, and I really miss her.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    ((Hugs)) Glad the funeral expenses have come down!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I have those "must tell Mom" moments still, after twelve years!

  4. My English Castle Says:

    I found, Laura, that if I hesitated with the cremation and funeral people, they almost automatically got cheaper. But I was really amazed at the headstone/marker costs. My mom bought my dad's and we wanted hers to match, but man, it was expensive.

    We love SkippyJon too and sometimes--two years after we're pretty done with the book--sing the burrito song.

  5. Swimgirl Says:

    Oh, Laura, I get it. My grandmother (really more like a mother to me) died four years ago. I frequently think, "Oh, she would think this was so funny!" or "I've got to tell her..." We just had so much in common, things neither of us have/had in common with my mother.

    I feel a little sad each time, but I try to just feel lucky that we had the relationship we did and that so many things remind me of her.

    Hugs to you!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks everyone.

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