A South African widow held two funeral services for her husband who had died from Covid-19 as she was not been allowed to view the body because of restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.
It was discovered that his body had been swapped for another man’s and the widow revealed she is traumatised by this situation..
News report says retired nurse Nomsa Noda, from Uitenhage in Eastern Cape province, though she had buried her husband on Sunday, but three days later, an undertaker and a pastor visited her to say that there had been a mistake.
Then, a second funeral was hastily organised on Thursday
Ms Noda said she thought that the name tags for her husband and another man, who had also died after contracting coronavirus, had been switched by mistake.
SA Family Opened Mom’s Coffin and Finds a Strange Woman Inside
In a related event, a distressed family from Bonteheuwel in Cape Town, South Africa was shocked to the marrows when they opened their mom’s coffin and finds a strange woman inside.
The relatives of Louisa Petersen, 68 had waited for 10 days to bury their mom but now faces a ‘more-than-nollywood’ drama of discovering their mom’s corpse was missing.
SA Funeral Trust manager Eddie Meiring said the family were given the wrong body: “This has never happened before. Both families had the same coffin and the controller accidentally put the wrong lid on the coffin, it was a human error. Her (Louisa) body was on its way to Tafelsig and we called the undertaker back. I apologised, but it was not done on purpose.”
Sister Leslene, 41, said she noticed the woman had lots of hair and checked the body her mother never had so much hair.
“Then I saw she was wearing red and I had given them red silk pyjamas to bury my mother in, but luckily that woman was not wearing her clothes. The undertaker got such a skrik (fright), he jumped into the corner because he was scared of us.”
The body was taken back to the funeral parlour and it was confirmed that the bodies were accidentally swapped.
The family was traumatised by the strange experience as they were still grieving and was angered more they claimed the funeral parlour did not apologise.