When my maternal grandma died, my mom was very concerned about the funeral expenses. Mom was employed, but her income was limited. At the time, my brother and I were not in a position to help, financially. Regretfully, Mom told the funeral home director to give Grandma the least costly casket. Turns out this box was pitiful in appearance, and made my mom feel awful.
On the morning of the wake, we walked into our reserved funeral home room, and thought we had entered the wrong room. The casket was beautiful, and not what Mom ordered. The bottom line is that the F.H. director upgraded the box to a very nice model, at no extra charge. It may sound superficial to some, but we wanted to show Grandma respect, even at her parting. So, it broke our heart knowing that she was leaving us in a "pauper's" casket. She always said she came to the U.S. to start a family in the best country on Earth, and we wanted to give her the best in return.
I will never forget the kindness extended to my family during a very painful and vulnerable time.
Submitted by Anonymous
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