Grieving Relatives Find Stranger in Casket
Father was cremated against his wishes
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2013 1:53 AM CDT
Updated Oct 23, 2013 4:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – When Jerry Moon's relatives opened his casket during his funeral for a final look at their loved one, they were horrified to find the corpse of a stranger with a plastic bag over his head. The body of a 97-year-old man who died in hospice care had somehow been mixed up with Moon's body, dressed in Moon's clothes, and placed in the casket, KIRO reports. One of the 72-year-old Washington state man's sons says the funeral home told him his father had been cremated by accident—"and my father was terrified of being cremated." Hospice officials say they believe the mix-up happened after they sent the body to a mortuary.

"The only other thing I can say is we know where he really is," the son says. "We’re a believing family, and we believe he is in heaven." The relatives plan to have the cremated remains tested to make sure they are really Moon's, and they are considering legal action against the facilities involved. "If whoever is responsible doesn't feel the repercussions then maybe this will happen to someone else again," another son tells King 5 News. "I can tell you it put a permanent dent in me."

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MartinNYID
Oct 23, 2013 6:21 PM CDT
Everyone would be aghast if they knew how badly these mortuaries adn the coroners offices are run. It's another situation of state-by-state laws, and lack of real oversight. The death business is barely even monitored. Good luck on a lawsuit...you'll need it.
Who_Cares
Oct 23, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
Why is it that we here more and more phuckups than ever before. Could it be, that people are overworked and treated like zhit at work? It was a dying man wish not to be cremated, none of you getting this? I would sue that funeral home to drive them to bankruptcy, just to make the point.
MaryMotherMayI
Oct 23, 2013 12:56 PM CDT
And what about the man in the coffin? Doesn't anyone want to bury him?