CLEVELAND — For people who are struggling to make ends meet, a sudden expense can be devastating, and there are times it can be catastrophic. A growing number of local people are finding themselves in this situation when a loved one dies.


With the cost of a funeral and burial upwards of $5,000, it is not surprising that more and more local families find themselves hard-pressed to provide what their deceased loved one wanted or requested.

“We were lost, and I didn’t know what to do,” said Krys Williams, whose son David was shot and killed in April in a downtown Cleveland parking lot.

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