Puzzled by a sentence in an obituary
I read a sentence as below in an obituary in a newspaper:
”Memorial fund in lieu of flowers is at Wells Fargo Bank, Panagiotis Haritoudis Memorial Fund to have his wishes filled to have his body shipped to his Native country to be buried in Labara, Greece."
I guess it is asking people to donate money other than flowers, but does it mean the donated money will be used to cover the cost of shipping his body to Greece? Is this person rich or poor? If he is rich, why he had to ask others to donate to cover the cost of the transportation? If he is poor, how could he have money to put this obituary on the newspaper?