If you've been through the ordeal of arranging for the funeral of a loved one, you know how expensive and morose the arrangements can be. But even if you knew the guys in the dark suits were gouging your ass, you probably had no idea just how badly you were being screwed.
An anonymous commenter to a Reddit thread left a scathing comment everyone should read. The commenter claims to be a funeral director, and what he/she has to say ought to be on everyone's reading list before they go to through the grinder for themselves. If you take this link, then click on the highlighted phrase "magnificent rant" you'll be taken to the entire text of the message. But here's a highlight from the comment, and I hope you'll take time to read it all.
I’ve seen funeral directors force-feed families absolute horseshit – saying anything – to get them to sign a contract. Here’s a hint: don’t sign any pre-printed “form” contracts. Most of the contracts we use are super vague, so we can charge you for just about anything and justify it by pointing to your signature on the dotted line. It is in your best interest to only agree to specific itemized charges – i.e., have the hearse but no limousines. Or have hair/makeup done without any embalming. The law is very specific and on your side, but we count on your ignorance and vulnerability.
Even better, find a trusted friend or family member who is more emotionally stable right now and appoint them as your lawyer/detective. You know that bitchy sister-in-law everyone has who makes major holidays a nightmare? I can spot her a mile away and will do everything I can to keep her out of financial discussions – because I know she will take that obnoxious nagging and throw it at me for every single penny I’m trying to get out of your family. See my co-workers standing around looking somber and respectful? They’re not there to just have a presence of authority, they are studying you. They are watching the family dynamic and will report back to me with any potential angles I can play to manipulate your emotions, which family members are taking it the hardest and will therefore be the easiest prey, and their estimation of your financial well-being. If, by the way, you appear to be less affluent, I’ll tell you to take your business elsewhere. This is not a hospital and I don’t provide a service – this is a business. If you aren’t paying me (in full and up front, generally), all you’re getting is my sympathy.