These are the things that one needs to bring front and center to get people off their asses and start pressuring whoever they can pressure (congressmen etc). These are also the kind of stories that one needs to help people understand that in our world there is only THE STREET no main street and wall street. We are all in it together.
from Paul Krugman here:
Previously, undertakers would pay for the cost of funerals and wait to be reimbursed by the State, but the lack of credit in the banking system means many firms can no longer afford to do so.