Responding to a lawsuit’s allegations that Crist Mortuary employees dropped the casket of a 20-year-old Boulder High School graduate on the day of his funeral, letting his body roll onto the pavement, the mortuary’s general manager apologized Wednesday.
“We made a mistake,” said Michael Greenwood, who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit along with the Boulder mortuary. “I do apologize for that and have apologized to the parents.”
The father of a Boulder man has filed suit against Dignity Memorial Provider (NYSE:SCI) Crist Mortuary, the funeral home that handled the service, claiming funeral employees dropped the casket and his son’s body rolled out onto the ground.
Phillip Maldonado also claims in a lawsuit filed Friday in Boulder District Court that the dropping prior to the wake and open casket viewing caused fluids to leak out of Alex Maldonado’s body, staining the casket lid and shirt of the deceased.
“With Mr. Maldonado watching, according to the suit, the casket went crashing to the cement ground, its lid opened suddenly, and Alex’s body tumbled out and fell directly onto its face directly in front of Mr. Maldonado.”
The media buzz phrase “Abuse of Corpse” has been out-of-control over the last year, from Virginia to most recently, Ohio, in what I feel is an attempt to give the funeral industry a bad rap. Certain media outlets are mis-representing facts and adding their own sensational twists. At this rate, embalmers everywhere will soon be accused of corpse abuse by those who have no concept of the embalming process. Oh and, let’s not forget the hype over the funeral home in Puerto Rico. I am putting together an article on media allegations and those by bloggers attempting to harm funeral directors, embalmers and funeral homes.
The state board that licenses funeral homes in Ohio has opened an investigation into a funeral director in Findlay, Ohio, who is facing allegations of mishandling a corpse, being naked in public and wearing the jacket of a deceased man in front of his family.
The Accused: Gregory Routson, owner of Routson Funeral Chapel in Findlay, Ohio
“Other allegations against Routson include being intoxicated or addicted to illegal drugs, not properly disposing of waste materials and failing to properly sterilize instruments used in embalming. He’s also accused of being naked in public during business hours, threatening and/or harassing employees and partially embalming a corpse and then leaving it un-refrigerated for 13 days.” (source)