The management and staff of the New Haven Funeral Home – one of the most adept burial services here – has issued an unequivocal apology to two families of deceased persons.
Asbert News Network was reliably informed of a mix-up, which occurred at the decades old funeral home earlier this week. According to now confirmed reports, the “home going service for the lates [sic] Lilian and Morton Lavia of Roseau and Villa formerly of Sandy Bay” – deceased mother and son – was supposed to “take place on Wednesday 19th January 2022 at the Holy Name Anglican Church in Sandy Bay.”
The mother and son funeral was expected to culminate with their interment at the London cemetery. While Lilian Morton was accorded her last rites, the ANN-unidentified male alongside whom she was laid to rest, was not her son.
New Haven’s assistant manager, in an exclusive ANN interview on Friday, explained that the mistake “was discovered while [the staff] was preparing for the [unrelated deceased person’s] funeral that was supposed to happen tomorrow [Saturday 22].
“We’ve been working today to correct [the mistake], to get the exhumation done. We’re going through the processes with the Attorney General and the Ministry of Health to get the exhumation done and we’ve gotten in contact with the families to let them know the current situation and we’re working with them to make alternate arrangements.
“The families have been very understanding; we’ve had very amicable conversations and discussions with them and we are moving forward to resolve the situation.”
While ANN was unable to verify how many times a mix-up of this nature has occurred across our multi-island State, we were again reliably informed that it is the first time such a mistake has happened at the New Haven Funeral Home.
Plans for the delayed interments have not yet crystalized, as the exhumation process is as yet incomplete.
“This situation is regrettable beyond words. The New Haven Funeral Home is dedicated to serving bereaved friends and families in their time of grief. We sincerely apologize to all the families concerned,” the funeral home spokesperson said.