LONGVIEW, Wash. (CBS Seattle) – Two deceased persons were mixed up after both died at an area hospice, resulting in one family discovering the wrong body in a casket when they went for one last look at their departed loved one.
Additionally, the mix-up resulted in the family’s father, 97-year-old Jerry Moon, being cremated against his wishes.
The unnamed man in the casket was said to have a picture of Moon’s wife under the pillow in the casket, and had been wearing Moon’s clothing at the time of discovery.
“This makes me feel like he was treated as a number, not a person,” Moon’s daughter Cheryl told KIRO-TV.
Employees at Hospice Care in Longview said the switch happened after the bodies had been given over to the care of Brown Mortuary, the funeral home that took the bodies after both parties had passed away.
Service Corporation International – the parent company of Brown Mortuary – declined to comment on what might have happened from there.
The family received an additional shock upon first opening the casket, when they discovered a plastic bag over the man’s head. Once the bag was removed, they discovered a graver mistake mistake.
Moon’s relatives are attempting to move past the incident through their faith.
“The only other thing I can say is we know where he really is,” Randy Moon, a relative, told KIRO. “We’re a believing family, and we believe he is in Heaven.”
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