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Wake County ending free caskets program

Posted May 11, 2010

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— Wake County Human Services has decided to stop providing free caskets to families who can’t afford them, according to Public Affairs Manager Wil Glenn.

County leaders said budget problems forced them to stop providing the pine boxes, which cost about $360 each.


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  • baracus May 11, 2010

    The N&O went into a little more detail on this. If the families cannot afford a casket, then chances are they will simply not claim the body, in which case it will be up to the county to deal with it anyway. I suppose the county could potentially go after the deceased's estate, but if the family cannot afford a $400 casket, there likely is no estate to speak of.

  • MyNameIsMud May 11, 2010

    Meh....just shove me through a big wood chipper in front of my entire family. Then use me to plant flowers. (I kid....)

  • carolinagirl1976 May 11, 2010

    "it's called incremental democratic entitlement liberalism!!"

    Amen! And get used to it.....and more, and more....

    Unless the voters come forward in November and vote the liberals out of the US Congress and the NC Legislature, there will be many more entitlement programs coming. However, sooner or later, the liberals will run out of other people's money....then the US will be like Greece.

    End Socialism.....Vote in November!

  • -Enter Screen Name- May 11, 2010

    Like others, I didn't know such a program existed. However, IMHO, this could be a county/state responsibility as a corpse can be a health hazard (breeding ground for bacteria and viruses).

    However, I would think cremation would be a much better option. Cost would be about the same as the pine box, but then you don't need to spend even MORE money to buy land to bury said box!

  • daisymom May 11, 2010

    I didn't know such a program existed.

  • GWALLY May 11, 2010

    .."When did it be come a state or federal responsibility to bury someone?.."

    The same time it became the states responsibility to house, cloth, feed, provide medical care, WIC, EBT's and cell phones.....it's called incremental democratic entitlement liberalism!!

  • Nunya123 May 11, 2010

    Agree with some in here. When did it become a county reposibility to bury someone? When did it be come a state or federal responsibility to bury someone?

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  • WWSD May 11, 2010

    Well, guess they'll start stacking them up like cord wood.

  • alwayslovingu30 May 11, 2010

    I never heard of thid Program where are these caskets purchased I would like to nuy them just for resale.The State should provide A Casket anyway for anyone.You Pay pay pay taxes why shoud they not give something back to ya besides social security paying you 225.00 in death benefits it is unreal