Skip to comments.Why Illinois Can't Afford its Poor Dead
Posted on 08/11/2011 11:49:18 PM PDT by sinanju
In the past, the state has reserved about $13 million to help pay for an estimated 12,000 funerals for individuals who relied on public aid. Participating funeral homes were alloted $1,100 for funerals and $552 for the burial.
"Now the only viable option --- I don't mean to make light of it -- is to leave the body at the medical examiner office," Szykowny said. "After 60 to 90 days they'll take the body to what's called a potter's field and bury it in a numbered grave."
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Now they'll have to go directly to a numbered potter's field option.
Forgive me my heartlessness, but I thought the potter's field for indigent deceased was the standard practice everywhere. A paid-up funeral for indigents courtesy of the IL taxpayer sounds like an outrageous luxury to my shriveled conservative heart. It really sounds like a racket to me, especially considering that the vast majority of such "funerals" likely have no mourners attending.
I can't help but thinking it a great option if non-indigent folks could get that deal if they paid for it, however.
Dump the body on the steps of the state capital.
I suppose a handful of friends or neighbors would go to such a funeral, but granted this could be done more economically. My own family and friends might care, but as far as I’m concerned slip me vertically into a cylindrical hole with a concrete marker atop if you don’t want to waste the gas on reducing me to ashes first. And have the funeral at the marker, under an umbrella, if no relation or friend wants to spring for more and no church wants to do it at a remove (hey, they could show a cell phone picture of me in life there). Other questions arise — how do they know what faith of clergy to get? Do they get static from the ACLU if, say, the deceased was notably Christian and the preacher likewise?
Maybe I’m being a bit silly, but as a Christian I can laugh at my death. It was Satan’s sick joke on humanity, but to me and all who trust in Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation it is only the gateway out of a prison and into a new reality unspoiled by sin.
What’s the problem? They can still vote......right?
Think of the geometric progression of the problem when 0bamaCare kicks in!
Maybe they get more democRAT votes from the dead when the state pays for the funeral and burial?
Cook county Morgue has been stacking bodies for a long time. Additional portable trailers were brought in to handle the overload of lost souls,
From cradle to grave the victory of the welfare state diminishes the individual.
No family, no identity, no one who cares, tragic.
No American deserves less than that.
Exactly. If a terror leader can be buried with honors at sea (that STILL gets under my craw!), then any American should receive the same consideration.
Meanwhile Ill. will oppose the shale oil development, Ill. don’t need no stenkin revenue.
“From cradle to grave the victory of the welfare state diminishes the individual.”
Wow, good one! That’s tagline material.
If it was good enough for Mozart . . .
(actually this burial was typical for the time and place. His memorial services were very well attended.)