Cremation Fraud

The passing of a loved is a traumatic event for your family, and making the necessary burial or cremation arrangements for the recently departed can rapidly become overwhelming.

In a time where your judgment is clouded by grief, you are often forced to make difficult and permanent decisions about the final resting place for your loved one. For this reason, you put your trust in the hands of the death care specialists who represent mortuaries, funeral homes and crematoriums, hoping that they will guide you through this difficult process with professionalism while treating your loved one’s remains with the dignity that they deserve.

Imagine finding out shortly before a memorial service that your parent has been cremated against his wishes due to an error on the part of the funeral home, or learning that you have been visiting the wrong accident victim in a hospital only to find that your daughter’s body had been cremated days before after being misidentified by hospital employees.

As far-fetched as they may sound, incidents of Wrongful Cremation like those described above are more common than you think. These disturbing examples are taken directly from actual cases that have been recently tried in Massachusetts and California.

The traditional model of family-run and locally focused funeral homes is slowly fading away as more of them are absorbed into large national and international for-profit corporations. The level of personal touch and professionalism that was the hallmark of these family businesses has been replaced by the cold efficiency of a faceless corporation.

Cremation errors may include:

  • Cremation of a body intended for burial
  • Cremation mistakes or mishaps
  • Loss of your loved one’s ashes
  • Theft of personal belongings, including jewelry, gold fillings or clothing
  • Charging for services that were not delivered

If a funeral home, hospital, crematorium or funeral director has breached the trust that you’ve placed in them, you need the compassionate attorneys of Bochetto & Lentz, P.C. on your side. We will make certain that your rights and the rights of your loved one are properly represented. Call us today.

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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
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