Gregory Peterkin lost his younger sister and his mother in the same month, and he does not have the money to give them a burial.
"It's really hurting the family, we're really confused and we don't know who to turn to. It's just really hard right now."
In cases of those who are homeless or otherwise financially unable to pay for burials, Monroe County provides up to $1,250 for funeral services. According to 2015 survey from the Funeral Consumers Alliance, a direct burial can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000, not including embalming or any memorial services.