c'mon peeps - both sides have a point here but let's not fall out over it.
Funerals can be expensive, a sudden and tragic death means it will be an unplanned expense and people have other concerns and lightening the load is "a nice thing". It's not being forced on anyone, just making people aware of it.
Generally, I agree that public requests for money can be overdone and can sometimes be fraudulent but in this case it seems people know those involved so no harm, no foul.
What exactly is wrong with a simple immediate cremation, and no fancy coffin, or a fancy headstone and grave?
I want to be put into the cheapest cardboard box available (we used to fund them round the back of Kwik-Save to slide down the hill near the railway bridges) and I can be burnt, buried, thrown in a skip, left in a ditch ... I don't care. I don't want money wasted on what is opportunism by the funeral industry (just like the wedding industry, taking advantage of people and making them feel that if they don't spend, they don't care).