A joke for today:
Sam died and his will provided $50,000 for an elaborate funeral.
As the last attendees left, Sam’s wife, Rose, turned to her oldest friend Sadie and said, “Well, I’m sure Sam would be pleased.”
“I’m sure you’re right, ” replied Sadie, who leaned in close and lowered her voice to a whisper. “Tell me, Rose, how much did it really cost?”
“All of it? Fifty thousand,” said Rose.
“No!” Sadie exclaimed. “I mean, it was very nice, but really… $50,000?”
Rose nodded. “The funeral was $6,500. I donated $500 to the shul for the Rabbi’s services. The shiva food and drinks were another $500. The rest went for the memorial stone.”
Sadie computed quickly. “$42,500 for a memorial stone? Oy vey, how big is it?”
“Five and a half carats!”
(BTW, these prices are about right these days, however the funeral cost does not include the burial plot, grave liner, and services to open and close the grave, which can add another $3,000 to $4,000 or more.)