A family in New Jersey spotted a decaying foot sticking in to their grandfather’s open grave during his funeral. The family are now considering legal action.
Sandra Butler was burying her father Cleveland Butler at Mount Holiness Memorial Park when the incident occurred. She spoke to the New York Daily News about it.
“This was a very traumatizing situation, first dealing with losing my father and then this,” she said.
The workers kept working during the funeral, despite noticing the leg, which left the family even more shocked.
“No one said anything to us. It was like business as usual for them. They just dumped the dirt in the plot like it was normal, like it’s nothing to them,” added Ms. Butler.
Caretaker of Mount Holiness, Bill Plog, believes that because it’s a cemetery, these things are bound to happen.
“This grave is from 1969. It’s unfortunate that this happened, but this is a graveyard,” he said. “People are grieving, the last thing you want to do is get in to an argument.”
Cleveland Butler died after suffering from a stroke in his nursing home in Brooklyn. He leaves behind four children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.