Guide to a ripoff-free funeral

A graveside casket. Dancing atop it is a drawing of Monopoly’s Rich Uncle Pennybags, but instead of a cane, he is wielding a scythe. His face has been turned into a skull. Image: Eugene Peretz (modified) https://www.flickr.com/photos/peretzpup/3370664952/ CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

In the decade-plus that I’ve been reading and watching Caitlin Doughty, I’ve become increasingly aware that even death is no escape from late-stage capitalism — indeed, if you have the misfortune to die unprepared, you will pass out of this world attended by a monopolistic, rapacious, price-gouging monopoly.

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