Two Sydney families have been left devastated after a funeral mixup saw the bodies of two aged males positioned in the wrong caskets.
Despina Nicolopoulos was farewelling her husband of 57 years in a funeral service final Friday when the error was found.
“My daughter say ‘Mum not my father this one… one other man’,” Despina informed 7NEWS.
“Horrible factor to occur.”
The widow and her household then discovered her husband’s physique had been buried two hours earlier.
Despina mentioned mourners had been left “very upset”.
Her son Invoice mentioned the household acknowledged the mixup was not deliberate however that it was nonetheless devastating.
“It was a pure accident. Nobody is disputing that,” he mentioned.
“It’s simply devastating for us.”
The funeral home, Euro Funeral Providers, mentioned the mixup occurred throughout a routine process.
“The process is often that one ought to examine the ID on the physique earlier than they really put the coffin lid with the identify plate on the coffin,” Funeral Director Spiro Haralambous mentioned.
“That is the place that process was not adopted by way of.”
Each families had been provided a refund over the ordeal.
“I’ve expressed my most sincerest apologies,” Haralambous added.
“I want I may flip it again for the families. I can’t. I perceive the trauma it’s brought about.”
Despina’s husband was farewelled at a second funeral days later.
The Nicolopoulos household now desires to understand how their cherished one’s physique may very well be exhumed with out permission or consent.