Uninsured Widow Unable to Afford Burial

Nov 28, 2021 | by By Patricia Flower, TSA

Original story published in the Wichita Eagle, 11/28/21

Angela and Robert had been together for more than twenty wonderful years. They enjoyed their leisure time and lived modestly on social security retirement funds. Robert had been suffering from a chronic disease and over time his condition steadily worsened. Suddenly, one day Robert was gone.


Angela was devastated. Not only was she reeling from the loss of her longtime partner, but there were immediate, unexpected costs. Unfortunately, Robert and Angela had not been able to save toward final expenses. They lived on a fixed income. Angela had applied to transfer Robert’s social security benefits to her, but the transfer would take time.

She didn’t have time. Robert’s body was being held by the county coroner, and the coroner wanted him moved. Angela had to act quickly.


Unsure where to turn for help, Angela connected with her local Salvation Army Church. She spoke with her Corps pastor who counseled her and referred her to the Share the Season program. The caseworker was able to help Angela. Now she could grieve in peace.

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