My mother suffers from dementia and advanced Alzheimer. She doesn't recognize family members anymore and needs a wheelchair. I handle her financial affairs, and my sister handles her medical affairs. She is in an excellent care facility. She is now 90, and based on the life spans of other family members, may live for several more years.
This isn't a troll for sympathy. It is what it is, life isn't always fair, and we deal with the situation.
We had prepaid her final expenses from her funds. The operator of the business we contracted with ruined his business by spending the monies in trust for personal use. He has been prosecuted, convicted, and will spend the next few years in prison.
After this came to light, we arranged and prepaid her final expenses with another funeral home. While some distance away, this business has handled the final arrangements for some four generations of one branch of our family going back to the 1920's.
The check was accompanied by a letter from Catholic Charities which reads, in part,
"This community donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has generously written a check to cover the monetary loss you experienced and has asked Catholic Charities to be the agency to contact you and distribute the funds."
Show me gobsmacked!
1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.