One way to say good­bye

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

A MAR­QUEE, posh venue, a cas­ket, lux­ury ve­hi­cles, supreme cater­ing and that ex­pen­sive “mourn­ing” out­fit, all for a cou­ple of hours… many South Africans re­vere fancy fu­ner­als.

Mary* pays R300 on her fu­neral pol­icy ev­ery month. This in ad­di­tion to her monthly ex­penses such as gro­ceries, her bond, car and child’s school fees. When her mother *Dianne dies, she’s vowed to go all out to hon­our her mem­ory and give her a de­cent burial.

“I don’t want peo­ple to think that she died poor. I want the best for her. Af­ter all, she raised me well and I have a great ca­reer be­cause of her. Giv­ing her a proper burial would be my way of thank­ing her,” says the 34-yearold.

Deon Kieng­biel, who has worked in the fu­neral busi­ness for many years, be­lieves peo­ple spend money to fill the void left be­hind by death. “They try to do some­thing won­der­ful for those that have passed on. But some­times no price can fill the void of los­ing a hu­man be­ing,” he says.

* Not theirr real names.

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