Long Island Woman Discovers Trash Mixed In With Father’s Cremated Remains

I have been a strong advocate for research whenever it comes to choosing a cremation provider. As the popularity of cremation continues to rise, unfortunately, so has the number of negative headlines.

Long Island, New York

A Long Island woman found much more than she bargained for while attempting to scatter the cremated remains of her father.

Jennie Spooner, of Amityville, had planned on giving her father the send-off he deserved. She began dusting some of his ashes in various spots around town, following his wishes.

Before she could continue spreading her father’s ashes at his favorite haunts, Spooner discovered debris mixed in with the cremated remains. The debris included pieces of bone, pieces of a broom, glass shards, metal staples, as well as a partially-melted crucifix.

The 52-year-old Spooner, after finding the trash, immediately called Joseph Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Home to complain, but the director blamed the crematorium. Spooner was horrified.

“My heart was pounding. I said, ‘What the heck is that? A spring? It flipped me out,” said Spooner, whose father died eight months ago from pneumonia and an infection. He was 79.

Spooner hired an attorney and is considering a lawsuit against the funeral and the crematorium.

Both the funeral home and the crematorium declined comment when the Post asked for their response.


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