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I am sorry to hear about your loss and this situation. Please tell me:
1) Did your brother in law have a WILL? Or, not?
2) If he DID have a WILL, then did the Will mention the funeral at all?
3) Was formal probate filed for his estate, or not?
This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.