What is the least expensive funeral and burial anyone knows about? (Include all legal possibilities such as “potter’s field” burials, burial at sea, dig a hole in some remote untraveled spot in the woods, leave to the wild animals, etc.)
Has anyone ever heard of someone burning a shack down around their dead body when instruments no longer detect vital signs and trigger a fire????
If some of these ideas sound gruesome, I find nothing more gruesome than profiting from someone’s death and holding them captive by law to take the costly route without a cheap alternative choice.
An interesting story from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s travels in Great Brlitain. Apparently somewhere back in history during a plague that was killing thousands, a large built man had caught the disease and knew he was dying. Concerned lest the young lad and his female housekeeper, the only people available to dispose of his body when he died, would be unable to move the body to the grave, himself dug the hole that would become his grave, then laid in the grave until death took him. Then all the lad and housekeeper would need to do was to shovel dirt over the dead body. Dying was so much simpler then.
– Daniel Doty
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