My father-in-law passed away the other day, somewhat unexpectedly. He was in bad shape but the family expected he would recover, however he took a sharp turn for the worse and very quickly he was gone. Now the family is in a predicament. He was a decorated Vietnam war veteran, so the VA is covering the cost of his burial. Unfortunately, they do not cover the cost of the funeral, which is several thousand dollars even with the most modest options from the funeral home. Worse, the family is strapped for cash, there's no assets to speak of, and the funeral home demands cash up front or they will not perform the service.
Long story short somehow the family needs to find thousands of dollars in a little less than a week to give this man a proper funeral. I'm sure someone here has been in a similar situation. How did you resolve it? Are there assistance programs or some sort of loan you can take out? I've been Googling around but everything I find seems like a scam. This is adding a ton of stress to an already awful situation.