“Man says employer told him to mix and match body parts to cover for missing cadavers.”
USA Today reports, “[a] former funeral home manager says he was forced to resign after refusing the owner’s directive to piece together ‘fake remains” of three cadavers for the Indiana University School of Medicine.'”
The former manager has filed a lawsuit against the funeral home. “It is unclear exactly what the process of creating the fake remains involved, but it may have required taking some of the materials left over from the cremation of other bodies and representing that as having come from the missing cadavers.” The funeral home and its owner deny all the allegations in the suit.
This is a “You don’t want to know” kind of suit. We have all heard rumors about this sort of thing. In fact, someone once told me about a crematory where they keep an extra bucket of cremains around “just in case” they need extra. One would hope this doesn’t happen, but who knows. After all, everyone’s ashes look the same. The only distinguishing characteristics we (as first worlders) have in our ashes are the screws, staples and other medical devices in our bodies.
It will be interesting to see how plaintiff tries to prove his case.