In case you're wondering why I'm reaching out to you rather than my small fragmented family, they are not interested in contributing. They didn't even visit her when she was in a nursing home and later in the hospital. So in that sense there is no family.
I've called around and at least one local church is willing to make a contribution toward the cremation. Between that and the small funds we have available, we still come up short. We don't have credit cards or credit to rely on. We are already earning a subsistence wage doing small farming. So, times are tough, you see.
Neither the State of PA nor social security provides death benefits for the poor. Public assistance has one program but the deceased must have a living spouse or child under 18.
All of the funds raised here will go to the Bartron Meyer Funeral Home in Montrose, PA, for performing the cremation. There will be no funeral service. My mother's ashes will remain right here with me. If I can't raise these funds my mother's body will go "unclaimed" and sent to a county morgue where she will be incinerated with the rest of the unclaimed bodies. We all should be treated with dignity, alive or at our death.
Any help is appreciated. I'm terribly sorry I have to ask. Please share this if you would.
Thank you so much.
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