Riverside Cemetery 415 Stockbridge Complaint - Overcharging - Perpetual Care

Review by 1punkin on 2010-12-16
KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN -- My problem is that I wanted to purchase a head stone for this person and purchase price is more than the head stone the head stone price is 373.00 and the perpetual price is 433.00 just to get a headstone. The whole total will be 806.00 dollars and you can't get 1 with out the other this totally unfair prices this is an outcry and I just feel that the perputual care is an overchage an something needs to be done about this.

It should not matter where you are buried at for this costs to be sooooooo high.
Comments:26 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-12-21
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-12-16:
I agree, you should be able to purchase the headstone separately. Do you have to buy it from Riverside? Do they allow headstones to be purchased elsewhere?
Posted by 1punkin on 2010-12-16:
it dont matter where u go its still the same price i tryed that is the perpetual care
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-12-16:
I was thinking if you purchased the headstone somewhere other than Riverside, you wouldn't have to pay for perpetual care. You would just have to pay for the stone.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-17:
I was always under the impression that "perpetual care" was paid on the LOT. Most cemeteries charge that on the lot and stipulate that it does not include any care for the stone, only the grounds. I haven't purchased a stone in a while (maybe 2000) but I do not recall paying a perpetual care fee on it. I think it was about $500. What does your perpetual care fee include? Do they provide any maintenance or cleaning for the stone itself?
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-12-17:
Lee, that's my understanding, too. I don't know why perpetual care would be required on a headstone.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-17:
wow even DYING is expensive!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-12-17:
Not for the dead one.
Posted by momsey on 2010-12-17:
My mom died ten years ago. The whole cost was something like $10,000, between the casket and the vault (our town/state requires a vault in addition to the casket) and the church and the funeral home. It's insane.
Posted by T on 2010-12-17:
At first I thought we didn't pay this when we did my family's stones (we buried three at once last year), but now I realize we paid a fee to the headstone company that was forwarded to the cemetary. It was around $200 as I recall. This was in addition to the plot, or course.

My guess is that as JJ says, some places will take advantage of you.
Posted by 1punkin on 2010-12-20:
well u know i went to another place and the perpetual care just followed me because they looked up the plot #
Posted by 1punkin on 2010-12-20:
well u know i went to another place and the perpetual care just followed me because they looked up the plot # and also u have to buy this mess which is a rip off
Posted by D on 2010-12-20:
Public cemetery plots are a rip off... My ashes will be buried in a Lutheran church cemetery in a plot that will accommodate 7 burials. It cost me 139 dollars. A simple rock with my name painted on it will be sufficient for my headstone,!
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-12-20:
Not to start a discussion about burial v. cremation, but I agree, OF. However, I do respect that proper burial is very important to some people. I personally would be happy to see the day when everyone is cremated.
Posted by D on 2010-12-20:
Venice... I thought about having my ashes scattered but I can't think of a suitable place.... Any ideas???
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-12-20:
I never thought about having my ashes scattered, OF, but I guess I would want it done at a place where I had my best memories. If I'm still living here when the time comes, it would be nice to have my ashes scattered over the property. We have been the only owners of this house, and it would be meaningful to leave a part of myself behind.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-20:
I can tell you from personal experience where not to scatter them - all over the carpet.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-20:
No question where to have mine scattered - the Atlantic ocean.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-20:
I remember it cost sum 12 grand for my grandmothers funeral. I would not like to think that some of these funeral homes take advantage of people when they are grieving but I don't doubt it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-20:
Unfortunately they do Wally. They aren't as bad as car salesmen but they certainly do a "sell" on particular items and upgrades, etc... I remember them trying to convince me that I needed a limousine and I wouldn't budge on that. It was $225! So I figured for $225, I would call the mobile detail wagon and have them come and shine up my OWN car and I would have the benefit for weeks later. I called the mobile car wash and I was pouting (out loud) because it looked like it was about to rain and my mother and sister and the entire remainder of my family threw a hissy fit because I was going to drive MYSELF to my husband's funeral. My husband and I are frugal folks. We don't mind spending money but hate to waste it. On what planet is it ok to charge me $225 for a 7-mile ride across town?? Well it DID rain and I couldn't get my car washed so I got the danged limo. All the way there and all the way home I was upset because I knew my husband would have turned inside out about that $225 ride. We didn't even have a cemetery trip. It was straight to the church and back home. Things like that have me convinced that they gouge us in our time of need.
Posted by T on 2010-12-20:
hothead13 -> Why the Atlantic, and not the Pacific? Just curious. You could also go more exotic, with the Indian.

I'm kind of kidding. My brother's ashes are is in the Atlantic. My great grandfather is there in another way - he was a ship's captain and went down at sea.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-20:
Trmn8r, quite simple - it's where I'm supposed to be.
Posted by T on 2010-12-21:
Oh, I understand. I wish I knew where I was supposed to be |-:?
Posted by partyhero on 2010-12-21:
I hate the thought of cremation and burial. My worst fears are getting buried or cremated alive. I'd rather just be tossed into the woods and take my chances with nature. My husband, on the other hand, wants his body shot up into space. Now, that would be expensive.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-12-21:
I really don't care what they do with me after I die. Funerals are for the living. Heck, I don't have any insurance, when I die, I want it to be a sad day for everybody.
Posted by D on 2010-12-21:
Back in 2004 after i had my first stroke I took ten grand out of my retirement account, paid all my bills and prepaid for my cremation with instructions that it would be an immediate cremation.... I don't want people wasting their time weeping and wailing at my casket side saying things like "doesn't he look nice" of "He looks like He's sleeping"... hell!, I'm gonna look DEAD!
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-12-21:
Same here, OF. I want to go straight to the crematorium. I don't want any embalming fluid or silly makeup, and I don't want anyone looking at me when I'm dead. I want everyone's last memory of me to be when I was alive, not dead.

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