As A Grieving Family Buries Their Grandfather, They Find A Decaying Leg From The Adjacent Grave

Submitted by: fancylad 2 months ago in News & Politics Weird

Sandra Butler was burying her father Cleveland Butler, 85, at Mount Holiness Memorial Park when she spotted the rotting limb on top of his beautiful casket. One relative snapped a picture of the ghoulish scene, which shows a leg wrapped in plastic and cloth and toes sticking into the casket's blue and white flowers. "This was a very traumatizing situation, first dealing with losing my father and then this,' Sandra told the New York Daily News

But the family said they were even more shocked when the cemetery workers kept working, unfazed by the leg, during the funeral last Friday. "No one said anything to us," Butler continued. "It was like business as usual for them. They just dumped the dirt in the plot like it was normal, like it's nothing to them."

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Male 6,152
I awoke early in the morning to find a rotting corpse in the bed. I tried to scream but the decaying body was mine. 


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Male 6,152
Stage 5 Restless Leg Syndrome 
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Male 464
You know its funny but I can guarantee that neither dead person cares about this. 
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Male 1
I thought "one foot in the grave"....just the wrong grave.
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Female 1,246
Strange...I have never seen someone not buried in vault...That is why I consider cremation. My body won't sit in a box somewhere in the ground and become people soap..Our bodies were never meant to be perfectly preserved forever, even though humans have tried to do this for thousands of years..I feel that we are supposed to return to the earth as ashes..Call me crazy-Just my take on things....
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Male 5,024
The nerve of some people. Whenever I get a leg up, I'm happy.
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Male 13,630
Fook a Duck :-o  
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Male 1,871
Did anyone bother to tickle the foot to make sure he's really dead?
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Female 4,428
I'm donating my body to science fiction (thx Rodney ;) )  with whatever's left, I want a viking funeral :D


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Male 3,441
From what I understand this is common.  Contrary to what movies tell us, most caskets normally don't hold up when covered with the dirt, they will crack and collapse.  Even metal ones will fold under the pressure.  Mythbusters did something with the 1 inch punch from Kill Bill, it almost killed Tory when he was in the test casket they were dumping dirt on top of.  They ended up creating a Buster Puncher to complete the test.

Another reason why Cremation FTW!
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Male 3,681
kalron27 back in the day there was an episode of ripleys believe it or not where this guy bill shirk chained himself in see through a plastic coffin, out it in a grave, and poured dirt and cement over it. his goal was to sat in there for a certain amount of time, or something, but as they were pouring the cement over him, the case collapsed, like the entire level of the dirt and wet cement mixture just suddenly dropped, and everybody started panicking and rushing to dig the guy out of the wet cement. he survived.

"Another reason why Cremation FTW!"

"Don't you ever laugh as the hearse goes by,
for you may be the next to die.
They wrap in big white sheets,
and cover you up from head to feet.
They put you in a big black box,
and cover you up with dirt and rocks.
All goes well for about a week, 
until your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
the worms play pinochle on your snout.
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
they eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes,
crawls in your stomach and out your sides.
Your stomach turns a slimy green, 
and pus pours out like whipping cream.
You'll spread it on a slice of bread,
and that's what you will eat when you are dead."

- The hearse song/The worms crawl in, unknown origins.
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Male 3,480
kalron27 Nah, donate your body to science, once they are done with it, they will cremate it or whatever.  Might as well do one last thing for humanity (well if you care lol).  Trying to convince my family members to go that route.
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Male 756
Well, where the fuck else were they gonna find it from? Their faggot uncle's poofer bag?

Geeze, its a fucking cemetery. That is where you find bits of dead - I hate you weak today kids. Man the fuck up - SHIT HAPPENS
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Male 3,681
stifler presentation is everything. they are burying their loved one, its a very emotional time. i think in the very least an explanation was in order, much like karlons. ive never worked as a grave digger, but if i did ever work in the funeral business and it was my job to have a nice presentable grave for people to see their loved one laid to rest, i might try to make sure there werent any limbs sticking out from other graves, seems a little disrespectful, to both dead people. surely there has to be protocol for such a thing.
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Male 629
robthelurkerhave worked as a gravedigger.  (The majority of the job was actually spent on a mower, or other landscaping duties, but I also dug graves.)  The cemetery I worked for put all caskets (which are really glorified cardboard most of the time) inside a vault.  The vault bottom is inside the hole, the coffin lowered in, and then it is sealed up.  Prevents things like this from happening - I thought it was standard practice at most cemeteries, but apparently not. 


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Male 629
faustsshadow We also had a back lot that I am pretty sure my boss would have buried people back there with no questions asked for a small fee.  He was a sketchy guy.  
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Male 1,138
robthelurker Well, obviously, the leg was not sticking out until AFTER they put the casket in, because it's on top of the casket.  So it was likely after they put the casket in, the ground shifted and they didn't even see it until they were shoveling the dirt in.  At that point, not much else you CAN do but just keep shoveling the dirt.
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Male 6,152
waldo863 ~Skitters in with Ol'Timey microphone and starts singing...~" Put his right foot in take his right foot out, put his right foot in and shake it all about..." ~Bows and skitters out~
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Male 3,681
waldo863 you can give an explanation so that people arent freaking out. im just trying to look at it from both the perspective of the people burying the loved ones and the people doing their jobs. i dont want my loved one to be disrespected or someone else for that matter. i know caskets leak and body parts shift in the ground and what not, but it still doesnt seem respectful or properly presentable. what can be done? you could ask the people burying their loved one what they want done. its probably what i would have done after i gave the explanation. would you like us to go in and remove the limb or try to put shift it back in its own grave? i dont know if they could, but at least i am trying to come up with solutions rather than just ignoring it and letting the people get upset and post pictures on the internet leading to debates over it online. this is both someones job and a very emotional time very some one else, both need to be done properly and respectfully. bottomline, if body parts shifting out from other graves into open graves while people are burying their loved ones is a thing, which apparently it, there needs to be a protocol to properly address the situation.
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Male 1,138
robthelurker That's just the thing, nothing can be done about it.  If you are using a cheaper burial site that does not have the vaults described by faustshadow above, there is literally nothing that can be done.  Legally, they can not even touch that other body without all sorts of consent from the family and whatnot.  Ever had to try to have a body exhumed?  It is not an easy process.  THAT man/womans family is protected from having that corpse moved or altered in any way once it is put in the ground.  So really, what do you expect them to have done other than offer an apology?
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