One way to say goodbye
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.