Sisters Say Stranger’s Body Was In Mother’s Casket In Funeral Home Mix-Up

Two sisters from North Carolina have expressed their shock and upset after a stranger’s body was in their mother’s casket at her funeral, Fox News reports. Jennetta Archer, one of the sisters, said that the woman was wearing her clothes but that’s about the only resemblance she bore to their late mom.

The stranger was literally nothing like the Archers’ mom. As Jennetta said in an interview, she found it hard to believe that such a mistake could be made in the first place. “There’s no similarity in the person,” Jennetta said. Their size was way off. When the first person had the clothing on, she was swimming in the clothes because she was so small compared to my mother.”

The funeral home tried to brush the mix-up under the carpet. The Archers say that Hunter’s Funeral Home in Ahoskie were confronted about the terrible mistake but refused to acknowledge the issue. They also denied that the stranger in the casket wasn’t the women’s mother, according to WAVY-TV.

The Archers’ mother was eventually found in the funeral home’s embalming room. However, that wasn’t enough for Jennetta, who says employees at Hunter’s should have owned up to what they did wrong from the beginning. “It would have been a different situation if they had just come up front and addressed it immediately to show that yes, they did, they made an error,” she said.

The funeral home claims they have since apologized. However, Jennetta says neither she nor her sister have received any such calls from anyone at Hunter’s. In fact, they’re simply confused about how such a thing could happen in the first place. “What do you do to prevent something like that from happening? Don’t they have a chart per person and treat them like a customer or a patient or whatever you want to refer to them as so that you don’t have them mixed up?” Jennetta said.

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