Funding for funerals


It’s the topic many prefer not to discuss: death and funerals.

At the December 20th South Dundas council meeting, it was brought to council’s attention that there are many within South Dundas who are in need of financial assistance when it comes to funeral costs.

Deputy-Mayor Jim Locke, referring to local funeral homes who, at times, provide funeral services at basically no cost, said, “private businesses shouldn’t be expected to provide social assistance as the norm.”

Councillor Jim Graham agreed, saying, “I certainly think indigent funerals are our responsibility, not the responsibility of the funeral homes.”

“It’s our responsibility to look after our residents be they rich or poor,” he continued.

Mayor Steven Byvelds agreed and it was decided that the township should look into setting up a reserve fund for the purpose.

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