图片: Brooklyn cemetery staff 'tried to shove body into a grave'

Moment Brooklyn cemetery staff tried to shove coffin into grave that was too small in front of distraught family

  • A lawsuit filed in Bronx Supreme Court claims employees at the Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn tried to shove a body into a plot that was too small
  • The family of Claribel Oppenheimer filed the lawsuit on Friday claiming they twisted and turned her coffin to make it fit on June 24
  • Their efforts led to damages on the coffin, and it ultimately opened to reveal that her hands, which had once been crossed, had moved amid the chaos
  • After a pastor asked them to get tools to make the hole bigger, the lawsuit says they dropped the coffin on grass, where it remained for nearly an hour
  • The family reportedly demanded she get a new casket, 据《纽约每日新闻》报道, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit
  • Evergreens Cemetery did not respond to the Daily Newsrequest for comment
  • Claribel Oppenheimer died on June 18 and was buried at the Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn on June 24

    The family of woman whose funeral was allegedly ruined by cemetery staff trying to stuff her coffin into a far-too-small grave are suing.

    Jose Semidey and Awilda Rivera filed the lawsuit against Evergreens Cemetery at the Bronx Supreme Court Friday, accusing employees of robbing their mother Claribel Oppenheimer of her dignity in her last moments.

    ‘Having to watch the casket manhandled, 损坏的, opened and then placed on the grass as a backhoe is brought in to lengthen the grave while the casket is being replaced is unimaginable, and something no family should have to endure, they wrote in the suit.

    这又是我认为我们作为一个社会并没有真正谈论离开时的康复方面的事情, “我感到如此受控制,我感到如此困惑,我感到如此低落 纽约每日新闻, claims employees twisted and turned Oppenheimer’s coffin to get it to fit into the plot they had dug up on June 24, until the coffin ultimately opened revealing Oppenheimer’s hands were no longer crossed.

    ‘The sound of scraping filled the air,’ the lawsuit reads, and ‘after what felt like an eternity, the coffin got stuck,’ at which point the cemetery employees allegedly ‘pulled the coffin from all sides, causing sounds of scratching and scraping.

    Jose Semidey and Awilda Rivera filed the lawsuit against Evergreens Cemetery at the Bronx Supreme Court Friday, accusing employees of robbing their mother Claribel Oppenheimer of her dignity in her last moments

    Jose Semidey and Awilda Rivera filed the lawsuit against Evergreens Cemetery at the Bronx Supreme Court Friday, accusing employees of robbing their mother Claribel Oppenheimer of her dignity in her last moments

    这又是我认为我们作为一个社会并没有真正谈论离开时的康复方面的事情, first obtained by New York Daily News , claims employees twisted and turned Oppenheimer's coffin to get it to fit into the plot they had dug up on June 24, until the coffin ultimately opened revealing that Oppenheimer's hands were no longer crossed.

    这又是我认为我们作为一个社会并没有真正谈论离开时的康复方面的事情, first obtained by New York Daily News , claims employees twisted and turned Oppenheimer’s coffin to get it to fit into the plot they had dug up on June 24, until the coffin ultimately opened revealing that Oppenheimer’s hands were no longer crossed.

    Oppenheimer’s funeral was held at Provenzano Lanza Funeral Home on June 24.

    根据诉讼, Oppenheimer’s hands were folded at the time she was placed into the coffin.

    Following the funeral, Oppenheimer was transferred to Evergreens Cemetery, 哪里 35 of her relatives and friends arrived for the burial.

    One employee reportedly tried to move the coffin with his bare hands and the laborers reportedly took the flowers off from the casket in an effort to get the casket to fitall as Oppenheimer’s grieving family watched in horror.

    最终, Semidey reportedly asked them to stop, and a pastor asked the workers to get some tools to make the plot larger.

    她的女儿, Awilda Rivera, filed the lawsuit in Bronx Supreme Court on Friday

    她的女儿, Awilda Rivera, filed the lawsuit in Bronx Supreme Court on Friday

    They then reportedly removed the coffin and laid it in the grass where it sat for an hour as they went to get a backhoe.

    The pastor allegedly asked the employees if they could move the coffin back into the hearse to get it out of the heat, 并且可能全部.

    去把事情弄得更糟, 并且可能全部, the employees yelled at the family to get out of the way of the backhoe.

    The family then reportedly demanded that Oppenheimer get a new casket, as it had been damaged in the ordeal, and three hours later, her body was taken back to a funeral home and placed in a new coffin.

    ‘It is inexcusable for a cemetery not to dig a grave large enough to fit the casket,’ Eric Rothstein, the attorney representing Oppenheimer’s family, 告诉每日新闻.

    ‘Having to watch the casket manhandled, 损坏的, opened and then placed on the grass as a backhoe is brought in to lengthen the grave while the casket is being replaced is unimaginable, and something no family should have to endure.

    Evergreens Cemetery officials did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily News

    Evergreens Cemetery officials did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily News

    'The sound of scraping filled the air,' the lawsuit reads, and 'after what felt like an eternity, the coffin got stuck,' at which point the cemetery employees allegedly 'pulled the coffin from all sides, causing sounds of scratching and scraping.'

    ‘The sound of scraping filled the air,’ the lawsuit reads, and ‘after what felt like an eternity, the coffin got stuck,’ at which point the cemetery employees allegedly ‘pulled the coffin from all sides, causing sounds of scratching and scraping.

    Evergreens Cemetery did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily News.

    Oppenheimer was born in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico on March 4, 1942, according to an online itu告 为了她. She passed away on June 18 在...的年龄 79.

    It is unclear what she died of.

    She is survived by 11 兄弟姐妹, four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.