Bert Stratton is the uncle of Jordan Rose and Court Rich. He writes in the Los Angeles Times about their grandma Julie
I bought a “pre-need” funeral package for my mother, Julia, when she fell and broke her neck in 2000. She had Parkinson’s disease. The pre-need package was $11,100. The funeral director sent my mother a thank you note. She called me: “I just got a bill for my funeral, son.” “Mom, I did the pre-planning because I didn’t want to go through what I did with Dad — last-minute shopping,” I said.
When I called the funeral-home director to complain, he said, “I feel horrible, absolutely horrible.” His secretary had messed up, he said. “I’m so sorry about Mother,” he said.
Don’t mother me. She’s my mother, not yours. I was easy to rile.