Burial Fundraising on the Streets

As I was driving back from work, I saw a middle-aged woman standing on the side of the road holding up a Fed-Ex box with a picture of a little baby girl on it and a sign that said “Burial Funds”.  I realized that she was trying to raise money from cars driving by to bury this little girl.  It was heartbreaking that she had been reduced to asking for money from complete strangers and sadder still that no one paid much attention to her.  Not even me, I’m guilty to say. 

Two things came to mind as I drove onto the freeway onramp after passing her. 

That there are people out there who don’t have the funds to bury little baby girls and that they had no one to turn to.  It speaks of poverty even in the middle of a bustling metropolitan city and the isolation we have from each other. 

That I needed to make sure I had adequate life insurance so that in case of the unlikely case that I die suddenly, that my family can pay for any last expenses for me without taking it out of their own hard-earned money.  It’s the least I can do for my family.  People grieving over loved ones should not have the additional financial burden that comes with a death. 

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