I am a single parent who recently suffered the unexpected loss of my 23 year old son.

Dear Editor,
I am a single parent who recently suffered the unexpected loss of my 23 year old son.
When I found my son, it appeared he had fallen asleep and didn’t wake up. His body was automatically sent for autopsy. While the county pays to ship the body to Topeka, I had to pay for my son’s return. Nearly three months and many phone calls later, I still have no results or cause of death.
When making funeral arrangements, I was told I had to pay up front. My son had no life insurance, so I  borrowed on a credit card to pay. I discussed my situation with the funeral director, and asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to help with final expenses. I was shocked to hear from several people that upon inquiring about making a donation, they were told everything was taken care of! The funeral director’s response; this shouldn’t have happened. I now have finance charges on top of the initial expenses. These were not lavish arrangements. I buried my only son in a cloth lined cardboard box and the expense was $5,000.
When you have a death in the family, your hands are tied. You require services that you  have no experience with. You are at the mercy of professionals  you think are looking out for your best interest.  It is my hope that the knowledge of my trials can help just one mother who finds herself in my place.
Sincerely
Karen Willis
Pittsburg