Hi everyone as you may already know I recently had the terrible news that my son had died. It’s every parents nightmare because no parent expects to outlive their children.
My sons death was totally unexpected, he was a caring young man, loved by many. He didn’t take drugs or drank excessively either.
When I first heard the news as well as grieving, I was also extremely worried about how I could afford to pay for a decent funeral for him. I felt that this was important because he was only 26 years old and his sisters and family will be around for a long time to mourn his death.
Before my sons death I already knew that the funeral grant offered by the DWP wasn’t enough to give anyone a really decent funeral, it just pays for the very basics and anyway not everyone is entitled to it as I found out.
Call me old fashioned but I believe that everyone deserves a decent funeral. Funerals are expensive to start off with, and I can imagine how heartbreaking it must be to not be able to have a decent funeral for their loved ones.
It was pointed out to me that I could have had a direct cremation for my son because they cost less. Sadly because of my own beliefs I couldn’t do this for my son. Every deceased person deserves to have a proper funeral service if they wanted this. Personally I believe that it’s important for the deceased persons soul to have a proper funeral, to give them peace as well as the family closure.
The government however don’t regard this as being important. I’m positive that there are many deceased people left in storage and cremated because their families can’t afford a funeral. No one should be left like this. I’m surprised that the government haven’t reintroduced mass graves or likewise for the poor to be buried or cremated and their ashes scattered.
Yet still most politicians talk about this subject, whilst they’ll have no problem paying for a funeral the majority of us can’t and nor can we afford to pay for a prepaid funeral either. It’s a sad indictment of how little the Tory party regard life and death. They don’t care and neither will they ever care.
The welfare state was created to care for us from the cradle to the grave but the government has taken so much away from it that it hardly supports us anymore.
I could only afford a decent funeral for my son because of the kindness of friends and followers on here, Twitter and Facebook. I really can’t thank you enough and I couldn’t have done it without your support and kindness and both myself and my family can’t thank you enough for your kindness.
I will continue to speak out about this, because I do believe that its important and I make no apology for doing so.
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