Putting this under "Frauds & Scams" because that's the closest category on Aging Care that fits the problem!
Dad was looking to inter my mothers ashes, so he bought a cremation bench (like a niche, but you put the container in the hollow place in the bench) and the salesperson for the cemetery told him it would cost another $200 to put his ashes alongside hers - when his time came.
Well it came, and now they want $680 to do this! The person I spoke with told me it was because of inflation. I used an online inflation calculator, and that comes to only $270 - a big difference!.
I found the deed for the bench, but there are no financial papers with amounts on them. I was with him when he bought it, so I heard her tell him $200 - like it was part of his 'deal' in buying that bench. The whole bench & space to put it didn't cost but about $2000, so $680 to open it and reseal it (glue it shut) is insane. This doesn't include putting his date of death on it either - and anything done to this bench - sealing it, engraving it - MUST be done by the cemetery or their 'associates.'
I feel they took advantage of a senior (my dad) and are now taking advantage of the bereaved (me!).
I heard the quote of $200 given to my dad because I was there with him, but can't find it in writing. If dad were alive, he'd never submit to being robbed like this - or having me robbed either.
Problem is, I have his sister & brother who want to come for a funeral. My immediate family had a chapel service for dad, because his siblings couldn't get here right away. But I feel obligated to inter dad alongside mom, and this funeral was planned for next week. Oh, and there will only be 5 people there - 4 relatives including me & the person doing the service! I don't need a canopy or chairs (it will be brief), but this seems to be the charge - $680, not $200 - even though I don't need tents and 50 chairs.
Any ideas on what, if anything, I can do about this?