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"Grace & Mercy Twelve Reasons Why People Spend Too Much for a Funeral.

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1. Fulfilling the role of grieving "helplessness."Many people feel so devastated and overwhelmed at a time of death that they assume they should leave all funeral planning to the funeral director. That's like giving the funeral director a blank check. Being actively involved in funeral planning can be very therapeutic, and you won't be grieving over the bill later.
2. Guilt or proof of love. People often think that the amount they spend is a demonstration of how much they love someone. And spending is often a way to make up for perceived omissions - "I should have visited the nursing home more often."
3. A poor family planning. When Mom dies, it may be altogether too easy to say, "I want one just like Dad's funeral," without looking at the actual cost to see if that would make a difference. If Mom had always said she wanted something "simple" and you aren't sure what she meant, you may end up purchasing a great deal more tha…