What Happens If You Can’t Afford a Funeral for a Family Member
While it’s easy to feel alone when a loved one dies, you’re far from isolated in your grief.
Not only are there 2,813,503 deaths across the US annually, but loved ones who are also grieving the loss of your family member with you are sure to lean on each other.
With death and grief also come many unexpected costs, and unfortunately paying for a funeral just isn’t possible for some people.
Read on to learn what happens if you can’t afford a funeral so that you can give your loved one an appropriate and realistic send-off into the next life.
Realizing that you can’t afford the funeral that your loved one deserves can be gut-wrenching.
This makes sense and is a totally natural emotional reaction.
After all, this person was amazing and touched the lives of so many people.
Surely they deserve an appropriate good-bye.
Remember that a funeral isn’t the most important way that you can honor the person you lost.
Instead, remembering the special moments that you had with them keeps them alive.
You were with them during life and you loved them.
That’s what’s really important.
Consider Getting a Loan
While a funeral isn’t the most important thing in remembering a loved one, other family members may want to have one.
This is totally normal and reasonable.
If you’re in charge of trying to put one together and there’s a lot of pressure, you may consider taking out a loan to pay for the funeral.
There are a wide variety of personal loans that you could take out to pay for a funeral.
After everything calms down, you can pay the loan back in intervals.
This is a feasible way of paying for the funeral that your family wants to have.
Look Into Alternatives
However, there are alternatives to funerals that are just as fitting in remembering a loved one.
Looking into affordable funeral options might sound like a challenge, but it’s no more work than throwing together a traditional funeral.
Cremating a loved one and throwing a party to celebrate their life is a great way to honor a loved one.
You can also have your loved one’s ashes stylized into a reef and put into the sea, which is an especially interesting alternative to a traditional burial.
A unique and adventurous loved one would especially be happy to have been honored in this way.
Beyond What Happens If You Can’t Afford a Funeral
While not being able to afford a proper funeral for your loved one can be gut-wrenching, remember that everything is going to be okay.
Now that you know what happens if you can’t afford a funeral, it’s time to get more tips for how to remain mentally healthy during your time of mourning.
Click on the ‘health and wellness‘ tab on our homepage to get some pointers on how to do this.
Don’t forget to eat properly and drink a lot of water.