AN aristocrat’s son plans to buy a fridge on eBay to store his dead mum before burying her in his garden to save £5,300.
John Wright, 71, is refusing to fork out the price of a church burial service.
Instead he has started digging a 4ft-deep hole at his home for his mother, 101-year-old Lady Margaret Johnson, who died on June 3 two years after a severe stroke.
He said: “I’ve checked online and the plot needs to be at least 2ft deep. My mother’s body is at the funeral director’s so I may need to buy a fridge from eBay or the local electrical shop to put in my garage to put it in while I finish digging.”
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He began the task at his home in New Milton, Hants, but has been hampered by the hot weather and hard ground.
John planned to give Lady Johnson, the wife of late High Court judge Sir William Johnson, a church funeral until undertakers told him the price, including £2,500 to take her to the chapel.
He said: “There are enormous costs for a funeral. I have been quoted £5,300. I think it’s outrageous. Obviously when people lose someone their minds are in a daze and they really want to get it done.
“People feel under pressure and that’s what they exploit.
“I feel as if I am being blackmailed, harassed and intimidated into paying these very high costs.
“As far as I am concerned the funeral firms pinch and strip every penny out of your pocket. They are just a cartel.”
John added: “This is just pure desperation.
“If a few days ago someone had told me that I would be doing this I would have said they were mad.”
It is legal to bury someone on private land in the UK provided the land owner and the General Register Office have given permission.
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