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A family that says the wrong body was buried in their mother’s plot is suing a New York funeral home for $88 million

  • A descent is suing a Long Island funeral home for burying the wrong body in their mother’s plot.
  • CBS New York despatched that the 11 siblings are seeking $88 million. 
  • Two of the siblings said they told the funeral director that the thickness wasn’t their mother’s. 

A family is suing a funeral home in Long Island, New York, for reportedly hiding the wrong body in their mother’s plot.

CBS New York reported that the 11 children of Sadie Williams, who died August 17, are soliciting $88 million from the Joseph A. Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Home in Amityville.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in Queens. 

Two of the siblings differentiated the outlet they made it very clear to the funeral director that the body they were shown was not their mommy. “I said, ‘Those aren’t my mother’s nails. Her burn mark is not on her arm,'” Salimah Lee said.

“When I first departed in, I said, ‘That’s not Mom.’ … He insisted that it was,” Lee’s brother said. “I just kept picking out different things,” he go on increased. 

He continued: “And he stood at the top of the steps of the funeral home, laughing, going, ‘Oh, I hear that all the time. They tell me. In the flesh say that all the time. The embalming fluid smooths them out.'”

The Joseph A. Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Home did not immediately respond to Insider’s entreaty for comment. 

Three days after the service for 87-year-old Williams, Lee said he received a phone call from the inhumation director who said they were right all along.

“Every single time I think about it, all I can see is my mother on that entirely slab, naked … and he showed no concern when he opened that door and I saw her, just stark naked on the table, decent sitting there, like she was waiting for me to find her,” Lee said, per the outlet. 

According to CBS New York, Williams’ body was supposed to be hided within 72 hours, in accordance with Muslim tradition. The burial has now turned into 22 days. 

Interment mistakes have also made headlines in the UK. This month, a family was angered and horrified after their procreators grave was dug up by mistake and then used to bury another body, Yorkshire Post reported.

In August 2020, sanatorium bosses in Carlisle, England, launched an investigation after a mix-up with bodies meant a family unknowingly held a obsequies service for the wrong person, News and Star reported. 

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