- Cape Town funeral home admitted to removing wrong body from morgue
- Funeral went ahead despite protests from family
By EMILY MILLER
PUBLISHED: 06:37 EST, 1 February 2013 |
A grieving husband was horrified when he opened the casket at his dead wife’s funeral and found a total stranger inside, it was reported today.
Michael Galant told of his shock after staff at a funeral home accidentally put a different woman inside a coffin he was expecting to contain the body of his wife Magdalene Galant, 58.
The South African widower and his daughter Leota had prepared themselves to take a final look at their loved one during Mrs Galant’s funeral this week in Cape Town.
Michael Galant told of his shock after a Cape Town funeral home put a different woman inside a coffin he was expecting to contain his wife (file coffin picture)
But Mr Galant told the local Daily Voice newspaper how they opened the lid of the casket and discovered a stranger inside.
Mr Galant said: ‘I opened my wife’s casket and she didn’t look right.
‘I immediately knew something was wrong.
‘My daughter came to me and said: ‘That’s not mummy’, and then I knew this was a big mistake.’
The Daily Voice reported that the mix-up happened this week as Mr Galant prepared for the funeral of his wife, who died on Saturday of a heart attack.
The couple’s traumatised daughter told the publication the family questioned the undertakers about the body swap and claimed staff initially tried to convince them they had delivered the right body.
She said the company later admitted to pulling out the wrong drawer at the morgue.
The family tried to stop the funeral service but organisers convinced them to go ahead as planned.
They were later escorted to the unnamed funeral home and shown the right body.
The Daily Voice reported that the company had since apologised and promised to help them arrange a second send off.