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The Funeral

Grace Dent presents the story of one family's struggle to raise the money to cremate their dead dad.

Mandy was shocked to discover how much the funeral for her ex-husband was going to cost. But she was also determined that her three children should not be forced to carry the cost alone. Matt the eldest is her carer, and legally liable for all costs, but his carer's allowance was never going to cover the costs - embalming, cremation, flowers, the hearse. So the idea of a fundraising day at the local pub slowly emerged. But despite the best efforts of the community, Mandy and Matt still struggle to settle the bill.

And more bills keep coming in.

Grace Dent presents one family's struggle to grieve for their dead father while dealing with the spiralling price of his death.

The producer is Miles Warde.

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28 minutes

"I'm not responsible for his funeral"

"I'm not responsible for his funeral"
Mandy with a photo of her ex-husband who was in the Welsh Guards

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