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Grave error... Wrong body taken to church

Published:Tuesday | January 22, 2019 | 7:57 PM
The storefront of Michael's Morturary Funeral Services on North Street in Kingston

Danae Hyman, Online Reporter


A Manchester family is threatening legal action against the Calvary Funeral Home after a grave error resulted in the wrong body being taken to the Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church in Manchester for a funeral on Sunday.


On Tuesday afternoon, the immediate relatives of the deceased, Sandra Rhone, were too grief-stricken to speak.


However, daughter-in-law Crystal Smith said the situation worsened when the family learned that Rhone's body had been earlier cremated in a terrible mix-up at the mortuary where the body was being stored.


Checks made by The Gleaner revealed that Calvary is not a licensed funeral home.


It provides funeral services from its Williamsfied oufit in Manchester but stores bodies at the Michael's Mortuary on North Street in Kingston.


Contacted this afternoon, a man at Calvary declined to speak about the matter.


It was a similar situation when the mortuary was contacted by phone.


When The Gleaner's news team visited the mortuary, someone at the establishment padlocked the gates, insisting that the operators had no comment.


However, Smith said the mortuary operators told the family they could only offer a refund.


She also said that the owner of the funeral home explained that the mix-up happened because both bodies had the same first name and both had one breast amputated.


But Smith has rejected that excuse.


"My mother-in-law head bald, bald, bald because she did a do the chemotherapy, and is a woman weh full a bare hair did inna the casket," Smith said.


It is reported that the family became aware that the wrong body was at the graveside when they demanded that the casket be opened since it had arrived late for the funeral, restricting the possibility of pre-service viewing.


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