Saturday, October 29, 2011


When many family members go to funerals they wonder what they may inherit: money, furniture, and jewelry. I do a lot of funerals and sometimes I can close my eyes and see buzzards circling overhead waiting to see what is available to devour.

When my grandmother died it was different. My grandmother was poor. She didn't have any money and few possessions so all the grandchildren brought a checkbook to the services. We pooled our resources and paid for the funeral.

I didn't inherit any physical assets from my grandmother's estate, but I will be indebted to her for as long as I live. Most of what I know and believe I got from her. And, one of the great joys of my life was helping to pay for her funeral.

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