*This has got to be one on the absolute worst mistakes a funeral home can make. Imagine you have had a wonderful “Homegoing Celebration” for your beloved 81-year-old mother, only to learn days later that someone else was buried in her plot instead.
That’s what happened to Bruce Lawson from Houston, Texas, who, according to a report by KHOU11 received a call from Mabrie Memorial Mortuary saying the body of his mother was still at the funeral home.
The funeral home called to apologize and explain that workers mistook the body of Edna Lawson for another person.
“The other body was buried in Mrs. Lawson’s grave site on July 26, 2014, while Mrs. Lawson remained in our facilities, where she currently rests,” the funeral home wrote in a statement.
The grave error has since been corrected, and workers have exhumed the body, the report says, and Mrs. Lawson will be buried in her grave site next to family members within the coming days.
Lawson tells the media that he is relieved that the error has been corrected, but he is grief-stricken about having to say goodbye to his beloved mother once again. He was also a little upset that he didn’t go with a gut feeling, saying he had doubts earlier that the deceased woman was actually his mother when he arrived to identify the body before the funeral.
“I said to her, I said, it doesn’t look like my mom,” Bruce told KHOU11. “Do you think maybe you have the wrong body? Maybe it’s someone else back there? And she said we don’t make those kind of mistakes.”
So the service moved forward, with the family thinking her appearance had changed through embalming, the news station writes. And the woman was buried next to his dad, a World War II veteran, in a plot at Houston National Cemetery.
After he received the call about the error and returned to the funeral home to identify his mother a second time, he immediately recognized her.
“I said now that’s my mother,” he said in the interview.
The family is in the midst of planning a second funeral.
We can only imagine what the family of the woman they did bury must be going through.
Read more at KHOU11.