Skip to comments.Beloved husband & dad is mourned, but it's not his body in the casket
Posted on 08/19/2009 3:33:02 PM PDT by Lmo56
The mourners knew it wasn't Tex.
Nearly everyone who passed the silver casket at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church yesterday morning whispered to each other. That's not Tex, they said. But the corpse was wearing his blue suit and black boots ...
On Monday night, Roberts' wife, Janie Holsey, and others went to check the body at James L. Hawkins Funeral Home, at 1640 Federal St., and told a female employee: "This is not my husband."
But family members said the woman at the South Philadelphia funeral home insisted: "That's how they look when they die." ...
Meantime, the funeral home found Roberts' remains, and rushed them back to the church. When an assistant opened the door of the hearse, mortified relatives screamed at the sight.
"The casket had tilted and his leg was hanging out," said Wearing, who believed they drove so fast, hitting bumps, that the casket opened ...
(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...
Read the full article - I just excerpted some good parts ...
I hate when that happens
Denial. It ain't just a river in Egypt.
I can live(die) with that. Late to own funeral, appearance unbecoming, failure to keep limbs in coffin, probably smelling like booze laced with formaldehyde. I think it's what my family would expect of me.
Philadelphia...isn’t that the place with the cemetery issues?
What is it with Philly and dead people?
I kinda liked “Weekend at Bernies”
Who wouldn’t want to party after they’re dead?
LOL good one.
Philadelphia...isnt that the place with the cemetery issues?
What is it with Philly and dead people?
Actually, Chicago - I think ... where the dead vote MORE than once ...
Hope they didn’t get the two dead guys voting districts mixed up...
Good grief, was the gov’t running this operation???
When my husband died we were not informed by the funeral home until 2 hours before visitation started that my husbands body was not even at the funeral home because it had not yet been released by the medical examiners office.
It was too late to cancel anything. Took an hour of screaming at people to get the body released. It arrived at the funeral home during visitation.
Since it was a closed casket very few of us knew it was empty. I felt like such a fraud because people came to pay respects and were praying over the empty casket. I still haven’t told my mother.
The funeral home wanted us to have a mock visitation and possibly a mock funeral the next day with a private funeral whenever the body was released.
You could hear a pin drop when someone said “Well at least we correctly buried him at sea...he was supposed to be buried at sea, right?”
A tragic undertaking.
Yeah, that’s it....hadda hit 3 maybe 4 or 5 polls before 7PM!!!!!
Oh that must have been extra devastating to go through. A funeral alone is enough. My condolences and prayers go out to you.
They’ve got too many of them to keep up with.
Thanks for the chuckle.
Years ago, I was on my way to Statesboro to visit a friend, and spyed a line of headlights coming up behind ( down South, the only thing that could be is a funeral procession ) and following the custom of that faraway day, pulled over, stood at attention, hand over heart, and waited for it to pass on by... We all did such things then, and I wasn’t alone... but...
I noticed the hearse was missing.
Well, the line of family and mourners went by, I saddled up and headed out... a few minutes later I hear the wail of a siren, and here comes the hearse, red gumball machine ( beacon ) flashing, doing at least a hundred miles an hour with that big Cadillac V-8 unspooling, and as they blurred by me I thought
“Bet his Dad told him he was so slow he’d be late to his own funeral...
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