Evan Davidson knew something was amiss when he buried his wife on March 1. He tried to alert the mortuary officials that the wrong woman was being buried, but they assured him it was her and blamed the difference on the embalming process. Officials at the California mortuary later called the family to admit they had buried the wrong woman, according to NBCLA News on Tuesday.
An Inglewood mortuary employee called the family a few days after the initial burial stating another mourning family claimed a “body switch,” or a mortuary mix-up and that Darlene Davidson's body may still be at the mortuary.
Apparently, the other grieving family member was “jumping up and down saying this is not her mother.”
“It wasn't my wife and I knew it.”
Evan Davidson was married to his wife for 51 years. He knew the body in the casket wasn't his wife and figured there was a mortuary mix-up.
Losing a life-long partner or spouse can be devastating. The traumatic experience can take a toil on the surviving partner, leaving behind a gamut of unfamiliar emotions.
Burying a partner can be traumatic for anyone but when things go awry at the mortuary, it can be emotionally draining for all involved.
On March 13, Davidson will bury his wife for the second time. Statements from the officials at the mortuary offered apologies and to give both families a proper burial without expense.
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