Parental kindness had in fact saved me from grief-fueled burial expenditures.
A pragmative kin reports that he has sidestepped funeral industry costs altogether, by donating his future corpse to a nearby medical school.http://www.govtslaves.info/high-cost-of-burials-forcing-american-families-to-donate-their-dead-relatives-to-medical-schools/
My first experience of a funeral with open casket concerned an unusual relative of my mother's (and, therefore, mine!)
This energized an internal you've-got-to-be-kidding so I pressed for details on "green burial." http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/11/06/green-living-people-seek-natural-burial-options/75272990/
No embalming, no casket, no funeral home "viewing" of the remains.