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An Unmarked Grave Resolved

May 20, 2010 - Michael Palmer

Mothers Day did not go as planned. We had hoped that by this date, some 10 months after the funeral, we would have the burial bills paid and have enough saved to buy the headstone.

I was at the local convenience store and the person who takes care of the cemetery told me that rumors were spreading about the grave being unmarked after nearly a year. These included some inbred gossip mongers who had spread rumors ranging from suggestions that my father had a new girlfriend and had forgotten Mom all the way to the crude wooden cross marking the grave was part of some sort of voodoo ritual.

Drastic measures would have to be taken. I had the financial set back of rescuing my daughter and her family again, so the $2500 we had squirreled away was gone overnight. We had cut back on everything, including medication (that was a really bad part of the plan) and still could not save much of anything.
When my father, a former insurance salesman of the year, told me that Mom did not have any life insurance I was shocked. Fortunately, the local funeral home directors own father had delivered my twin sisters and was very generous to allow us to make financial arrangements without involving any financial institutions.

The time had come to bite the bullet. My sister is an Occupational Therapist and works for several nursing homes as a contractor, so her IRA is more flexible than the other siblings and she was able to get the money to purchase the stone.

Mom would be very proud of her.


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