I can't believe this could actually happen in today's so called civilized world!
Yes, there are crooks and swindlers in every industry, but if the allegations that are being made are true these people should be hung.....simple as that, hung.
Funeral Directors carry a HUGE responsibility with the job that they do. They are supposed to be ethical, moral, forthright individuals who care for the deceased bodies that they are entrusted with, not just for their families. These are the bodies of mothers, fathers, children....PEOPLE! No one has the right to use a deceased body for their benefit or gain; period.
MSNBC broke a story about a "ring" of 3 funeral directors, a former dentist who ran an organ harvesting corporation, and a former nurse who ran the harvesting crew of that corporation who were all dealing in body parts. This was not your typical donation of organs, this was stealing from the dead to line their pockets; stealing dignity. According to the article there was no authorization of any kind which allowed them to remove any parts of these bodies, nor was there any respect given to the deceased bodies prior to or after their filthy deeds. Not only were they stealing from the dead but they were also distributing tainted body parts, bone, skin and tissue for public use (see full story). This is sick.
Apparently, there were 3 funeral directors from Philadelphia who over the course of time have sold 244 bodies for about $1,000 each to a New York businessman (businessman, my ass!) who resold these often diseased body parts. This businessman (see full story) is already facing charges in New York for doing the same thing with an additional 833 bodies some years ago!
The claim states that the funeral directors forged death certificates stating that the deceased persons had died of heart attacks or blunt trauma death but were otherwise healthy. One of these bodies turned out to be HIV positive, had hepatitis C and a form of cancer. They supposedly lowered the "donors" ages and changed their dates of death to make it appear as if the parts were fresher.
Nothing could make me sicker than this story. I had hoped to hell it wasn't true but several have already plead guilty so my hope of that is dashed.
This is not the fault of the funeral industry and certainly not mine nor a reflection of the majority of the members of this profession. I must however try to express my condolences and apologies to the families that have been brutalized by these pieces of crap that pose as professionals and have the unmitigated gall to call themselves human beings.