Sad – Arranging A Funeral. Weird – For Someone Who Died At Home Months Ago

A woman went to a funeral home to arrange a funeral for her mother who died months earlier in their home, because she wanted to see the “stages of death.”

By DAVID on September 26, 2018
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A woman in North Carolina lived with her mother. She is 69, and her mother was 93 at the time of her death. The daughter, Donna Sue, didn’t let anybody know when her mother, Nellie May, had died.

Family started getting suspicious after not hearing from Nellie May for some time. When they would call, Donna would say Nellie was sleeping, or otherwise indisposed. The same sorts of excuses when people would drop by the house to see her. “Every time somebody would stop by, she would meet us at the door, say she’s asleep or something like that… Apparently every time someone would call, same thing,” a relative said. Police say that Donna went to a funeral home saying her mother had died, but she didn’t know where EMS took her. Police got suspicious, and found the body decomposing badly at the house. They say she was there “for several months.” They concluded that Donna “wanted to see the stages of death.”

Nobody wants to talk about it, but what do you do if someone dies at home? There are several steps, found here. First, you have to get a “legal pronouncement of death.” This has to be done by a doctor, or a hospice nurse. If you call paramedics, they will usually start trying to resuscitate, and then take the body to an emergency room where a doctor will declare officially. Next, if at home, the body has to be picked up directly by a mortuary. You should then notify the person’s doctor and the county coroner, then family and friends. Don’t keep the body at home, this isn’t a science experiment.

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