Two New York sisters filed a $60 million lawsuit towards the alleged funeral properties they are saying buried the incorrect man of their father’s grave carrying his garments.
Stacy Holzman and Megan Zaner declare Fletcher Funeral and Cremation Service in Fountain Inn, S.C., mistakenly despatched the stays of a stranger as an alternative of their father Clifford Zaner, who died from coronary heart failure in his South Carolina dwelling in February, as much as Lengthy Island of their father’s burial garments to be buried of their household plot at Mount Ararat Cemetery, the lawsuit mentioned, in line with PEOPLE.
“I simply really feel so wronged,” Megan informed Fox 5 NY.” You belief these folks. You do not know what you are doing, this does not occur every single day. We lose our dad as soon as in our life.”
The ladies mentioned Fletcher despatched the stays to the Star of David Memorial Chapels in West Babylon, New York, however that they seen one thing was incorrect once they requested to see their father one final time. Stacy and Megan, upon seeing the physique, didn’t acknowledge the person within the coffin.
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Two New York sisters filed a $60 million lawsuit towards a few funeral properties after the incorrect man was buried of their father’s grave carrying his garments. (Star of David Memorial Chapels brand)
The sisters declare they voiced their issues to the Star of David, which they are saying insisted the physique belonged to their father all through the viewing, funeral companies and burial. The ladies mentioned within the lawsuit that Fletcher left Clifford’s stays “deserted” inside its morgue “with out dignity or respect” and that mixing up the our bodies meant Clifford was not buried in accordance with Jewish custom.
“I mentioned it whereas we had been there,” Stacy informed Fox 5 NY. “I mentioned I do not acknowledge him. The final reminiscence of my father is that I do not acknowledge him.”
The Star of David mentioned in a press release that the household “confirmed the identification of the deceased on the cemetery” earlier than the burial. The Star of David mentioned it “took swift and decisive motion to contact the household and supply no matter companies wanted to reduce their grief” after Fletcher notified them of the error.
“We deeply remorse any sorrow skilled by the household for the error made by the funeral dwelling in South Carolina,” the Star of David mentioned, including that “households are underneath quite a lot of stress once they establish their deceased.”
The sisters declare they voiced their issues to the Star of David, which they are saying insisted the physique belonged to their father all through the viewing, funeral companies and burial. (Star of David Memorial Chapels brand)
The funeral dwelling mentioned it’s reviewing protocols and can “make any advisable adjustments to make sure the proper identification of members of the family. We’re dedicated to persevering with to supply the very best degree of compassion and care to households who’ve entrusted us with their family members.”
Stacy realized one thing was incorrect upon seeing her father’s mustache was lacking, in line with WCBS. When she then requested the funeral director, she was knowledgeable that it was commonplace apply to shave everybody’s physique. Stacy, who nonetheless was not satisfied it was her father, additionally noticed an post-mortem scar on the top regardless of no post-mortem being carried out on him.
“I am like, ‘No, this is not proper, I do not acknowledge him,'” Stacy recalled.
However her issues had been nonetheless dismissed by the funeral dwelling.
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Stacy Holzman and Megan Zaner declare Fletcher Funeral and Cremation Service in Fountain Inn, S.C., mistakenly despatched the stays of a stranger as an alternative of their father Clifford Zaner to a funeral dwelling in Lengthy Island of their father’s burial garments. (Fletcher Funeral and Cremation Service)
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Three weeks later, Fletcher informed the household that that they had combined up the our bodies, in line with the lawsuit. A second funeral with Clifford’s stays was held in Jacksonville, Florida, on March 24.
Megan and Stacy mentioned Fletcher has apologized for the error, however that they haven’t obtained a refund for the primary funeral with Star of David, Fox 5 NY reported.
“I need them to take duty for this horrible mistake,” Megan informed the outlet. “And I do need issues put in place sooner or later, which I feel ought to have been there, from occurring to anyone else.”
Lengthy Island sisters sue funeral properties allegedly accountable for burying stranger as an alternative of their beloved one
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