When a loved one dies, you need to balance your pain and grief with the immediate task of making sure that their final wishes are granted and that their funeral arrangements are carried out in a way that honors the lives that they’ve led. It is your last opportunity to honor them and celebrate their life, so you pay great attention to the details and count on the funeral home and their staff to be your partners in this last act of respect.
Unfortunately, cemetery and funeral home negligence has become more and more common, and far too many families are learning that their trust has been betrayed by the funeral home, cemetery or mortuary. Traditionally cemeteries and funeral homes were local businesses. Cemeteries were often non-profits owned by religious organizations or benevolent associations. However today many cemeteries and funeral homes are now owned by large national and in some cases international for profit corporations.
Learning that your loved ones have been robbed of the dignity that they deserved is both horrifying and painful, and if this has happened to you then you need a compassionate but aggressive legal team on your side to fight for your rights and the rights of your loved one. When your loved one’s body is treated negligently or abusively it is cemetery or funeral home negligence, and the experienced attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz are committed to helping you right these terrible wrongs.
Everybody approaches death and what comes after in the way that is most meaningful to them. Some people prefer burial while others prefer cremation. Some want elaborate services and elegant caskets while others want just a few words spoken and a plain pine box. One thing that all people share is an expectation of respect for the dead and their bodies, and when that is not provided the distress of loss is replaced by outrage. News reports of funeral home abuse and cemetery negligence have become more and more commonplace, with the headlines filled with stories. Examples of cemetery and funeral home malpractice include:
- Placing more than one body in a burial plot or coffin
- Misplacing a body or interring it in the wrong plot
- Selling body parts for medical purposes
- Mutilation, mishandling, or disfigurement of bodies
- Switching a body from an expensive coffin into an inexpensive one in order to sell the expensive coffin again
- Cremation of a body that is meant to be buried
- Burial of a body that is meant to be cremated
The idea that a for profit corporation entrusted with your loved one’s final journey fails in their duties is a true horror. The emotional devastation and pain that you feel is real, and it is deserving of compensation from those who are responsible. Bereaved families have a right to expect professionalism from those that they entrust with the bodies of their loved ones, and their failures, neglect or abuse represent cemetery and funeral home negligence.
If you have been a victim of negligence or abuse by a, cemetery, funeral home, crematory or mortuary, call the attorneys at the Philadelphia law firm of Bochetto & Lentz. We are outraged by the disrespect shown to you and your loved one, and dedicated to helping you right this terrible wrong and get the justice that you deserve.