Funeral Horror Stories: No Dignity for the Dead

You can only imagine the horror David Wells of Rohnert Park felt when he got a call from an investigator saying that the body of his father, that was meant to be cremated, was found in a storage unit, badly decayed along with eight other bodies. Wells said the family had paid mortician Anthony Villeggiante $1,500 for the cremation of his father, but weeks passed and his ashes never came. To make matters worse, the mortician had apparently sprinkled carpet deodorizer over the bodies to mask the smell of decay. It’s unknown exactly how many of these incidents occur, but after NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit reviewed disciplinary actions for just the past two years, a number of horror stories were uncovered. Some of them—funeral directors behaving badly, others, outright crimes. To read more of Funeral Industry Horror Stories, visit here.

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Cremation a Rising Burial Trend

There was a time when cremation was unheard of, and loved ones were buried in cemetery burial plots or laid to rest on family owned property. Nowadays however, more individuals are deciding to forego purchasing or finding a burial plot and opting cremation for themselves or their beloved. In Timmins, Canada, a rise in the decision to cremate has forced the city to find ways to accommodate those who are opting not to purchase burial plots. On Monday, a council approved the construction of a fourth columbarium for the Timmins Memorial Cemetery. A columbarium is used for the placement of ashes for those who do not wish to keep or scatter them. When the city first moved into the use of columbariums at its cemeteries, officials weren’t sure how people would react to it. It took about two to three years on the first one for

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