What about a private service when no funds available for funeral?

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If there are no funds for funeral costs, is a private, graveside service acceptable? Also, there aren't any living relatives who are able to attend a service.No friends are involved either. It would just be me, my parents and siblings.

I'm just looking for costs cutting measures, while being respectful. The burial would be at a church cemetery, at no cost. I've even considered cremation, but the rest of her family is buried and the costs could be about the same, I think.

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It's good to keep it simple, but still consider a donation to the church and something for the gravediggers. Headstones can be very simple, in the US the widow of a vet gets a free headstone, but again, you pay the diggers to set it on a stone base properly leveled. Most churches have a bereavement committee that will serve refreshments in the hall. They would also appreciate a donation. I think she would be pleased with the arrangements.
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Absolutely! I've been learning that folks are moving away from the expensive, elaborate funerals and creating their own private services which involve much less cost and more pesonalization.

Funeral parlors are expensive but are big business.

Go for what you think is the most appropriate for your loved one.

And I think as to the issue of respect, the elaborate funerals are more for large numbers of mourners.

Respect for someone is given during his/her lifetime.
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I agree, that would be a lovely service.
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Sounds lovely, Sunnygirl :). If it feels right to you, do it.
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