When you pay a funeral home to properly handle your loved one’s remains, you expect that establishment to do exactly that. As one family in South Carolina found out, however, First Family Funeral Home doesn’t quite understand their end of the bargain.
After Mary Alice Pitts Moore passed away in March 2015, her family paid to have her cremated at the Spartanburg funeral home. On February 8, 2018, however, a decomposed body was found in a storage room of the funeral home and was later identified as 63-year-old Moore.
The family, specifically Moore’s husband Fred Parker Jr. and her son Taras Parker, have filed a lawsuit against the funeral home, which knowingly left the remains to rot in the storage room. When Moore’s body was found, International Business Times reports, there was a “sheet over it surrounded by fragrances to overpower the smell."
Taras Parker spoke to Post and Courier, stating “I just thought she would be in a better place somewhere.”
The Parkers' lawsuit details how her body was “so badly decomposed” when it was discovered “that it took nearly two weeks to identify it as the Decedent.” The Parker family alleges that First Family Funeral Home handled Moore’s remains with negligence, and claims that employees knew it was “violating state law by improperly disposing of the body.”
WSPA later confirmed that an employee had initially located Moore’s body and informed the coroner of its improper handling. When she pointed out it wasn’t placed in the refrigerator, the worker was told not to “worry about it.”
In response to the discovery and the lawsuit, First Family Funeral Home has had its license suspended and is subject to a criminal investigation. In response, the funeral home has requested the case be dismissed.