- An extremely sensitive issue has once again come into the spotlight after yet another family buried a stranger
- The widow of an Uitenhage man was barred from viewing her husband's body ahead of the funeral
- The family ended up organising two funerals in less than a week after discovering they had buried the wrong person
Retired nurse Nomsa Noda, 67, has relayed her tragic ordeal after burying the wrong person instead of her late husband.
News24 reports that the widow had been banned from viewing the body of her 79-year-old husband at the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital's mortuary:
"They refused to allow me to view my husband's body at the hospital mortuary due to Covid-19 regulations. Now I buried the wrong person."
As if her husband Vukile Noda had died after contracting Covid-19 and spending a week in the hospital.
The mortuary had allegedly switched the tags on the two bodies, resulting on the error but the family only found out after burying the wrong person.
Friends and family from across South Africa had travelled to witness the burial including the couple's daughter, with Noda explaining that:
"I did not even have the strength to call all those people or my daughter to tell her the man she came to bid farewell to was not her father."
The undertaker had reportedly known about the mix up ahead of the funeral but had not had the courage to reveal the mistake to the family:
"He said he was scared to come immediately. He said he could not sleep that night, so he went to our pastor to tell him the news and they both came to our house on Wednesday. We buried him on Thursday. When they came to tell us this, we could not sleep a wink the entire Wednesday night. I am so traumatised by this situation."
Briefly.co.za reported that this issue is becoming more common with family members unable to view the body of their loved one and mortuaries baulking under the pressure of the pandemic.
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