This is just disrespectful.
Funeral Home Puts Teenager’s Ashes In Walmart Bag
We understand sometimes you have to improvise, but he could have found something better than a Walmart bag for her son’s ashes.
According to Mail Online
A grieving mother in Ohio is disgusted after she found her son’s cremated remains wrapped in a Walmart bag.
Nancy Bronner of Amelia, Ohio lost her 17-year-old son T.J. Mitchell last September due to a heart condition.
Ever since he was 15, her son knew he wanted to be cremated when he died. So when he passed away, his remains were cremated and his ashes split among family members into four urns.
But Ms Bronner was surprised when she opened her urn.
‘I just wanted to hold my baby one last time,’ she told WCPO. ‘So I opened the urn, and found Walmart bag in the urn. The funeral home had put my son’s ashes in a Walmart bag.’
She calls the act disrespectful, unprofessional and a desecration of her son’s remains.
T.J. was cremated at McDaniel Funeral Home in Dry Ridge, Kentucky by Bob McDaniel, who is also the Grant County coroner.
The teens remains were being split between four urns – something the funeral home doesn’t usually do – and no one in the family supplied bags for the urns which do not seal.
There is no good explanation for this.
In an attempt to make sure no ashes spilled out, Mr McDaniel used bags that he had on hand to wrap the ashed in the urns.
He says he took scissors to the shopping bags to remove any store logos before wrapping the ashes.
T.J.’s father Thomas Mitchell, and Nancy Bronner’s ex-husband, says using the Walmart bags could be in bad judgement but doesn’t believe the coroner acted maliciously.
Mr Mitchell still keeps his sons remains wrapped in the grocery bag the funeral home provided.
Ms Bronner has since taken her son’s ashes to another funeral home to be placed in a clear plastic bag.
Ms Bronner, who says she is in therapy over her son’s death, has contacted the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and the Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors to complain about the funeral home.
‘I don’t care who you are, it’s not right to put a human person’s ashes in a Walmart bag,’ she said. ‘It is disrespectful. You don’t do that to a parent who has lost their child. You don’t do that to anyone. I just want to make sure that this never happens again to another person,’ she said.
Photo Courtesy of Nancy Bronner