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The cremated remains of an Arizona woman's father were stolen off her porch, after the package containing them was left there by a postal worker.
Every December the major news outlets can be counted on to run three specific stories at least once.
The first one is that carriers are having problems delivering a high volume of packages during the Christmas season. The second story is that carriers are leaving packages at people's doors without knocking, even when the packages require signatures for delivery. The third inevitable story is that thieves are stealing the hastily delivered packages from people's porches.
These three stories have combined this year into a very unusual story reported by Fox News and titled "Ashes of woman's father stolen from front porch of Arizona home, reward offered."
A thief in Arizona stole a package that contained the cremated remains of an Arizona woman's father rather than a Christmas present. The package was left there by a postal worker, even though a signature was required.
The postal service is investigating the incident and has offered a $10,000 reward for information. The woman would just like the ashes back, so she can take them to her brother in California.
If this unusual story has any sort of lesson, it might be that it is not a good idea to ship a loved one's ashes at this time of year, if at all possible.
Reference: Fox News (Dec. 18, 2017) "Ashes of woman's father stolen from front porch of Arizona home, reward offered."
Florida community addresses problem of high cost of funerals and burial of indigents.
Funerals and burials are not a minor expense and a Florida county had such a significant problem of disposing of the bodies that they have acquired a cemetery, according the Tallahassee Democrat in "A priceless burden: Indigent burials at Leon County's 'pauper's cemetery'."
The cemetery previously belonged to a hospital, but the county purchased it to dispose of the remains of the indigent as cheaply as possible. Graves are marked with the most basic of markers and no actual funeral services are allowed at the cemetery.
The deceased are buried as quickly and with as little fuss as possible.
This is an issue that could get worse before it gets better.
Elderly people are living longer and in greater numbers. That makes it likely that many more elderly will pass away in the future, after they have run out of their own money.
The burden to bury them will be on the government.
Reference: Tallahassee Democrat (June 24, 2017) "A priceless burden: Indigent burials at Leon County's 'pauper's cemetery'."