When dad passed away we did a budget funeral.
It was a package where he got picked up and taken to be sanitised only and put into a 'dignified' coffin. We had the option to have a viewing for free and he had a direct cremation and the ashes returned to us and paper work done.
Everyone who wanted to got to see him and say goodbye before he was taken from mum and dads home and we held two memorial services one in Aussie and one in NZ.
The charge was about $1500 and the services were just basic and we did the speaking ourselves and everyone told the story of his life.
Any friends were told. When asked that the family had already had a special time say goodbye and that we were inviting friends to come and join us for a celebration of his life.
So it doesn't have to cost lots of money.
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