In honor of Halloween, we wanted to dedicate this post to a subject many folks our industry would not typically cover – creepy funeral home stories. Are you game? By the way, none of the following creepy funeral experiences happened at Foothill Funeral & Cremation Services. The following submissions are anonymous.
A mortuary worker whose job was tissue recovery said his least favorite task was to prep donors for recovery, which included shaving arms and legs. He said they once prepped a donor who was very freshly deceased. When the worker held his hand to shave his arm, as rigor mortis set in, the decedent’s fingers curled around the worker’s hand.
A nurse reported that the only place she has ever seen lights consistently flicker is just outside the morgue. She says the lights operate without a hitch all the time, except when medical personnel bring a new body down. With every new arrival, the lights flicker.
Man’s Best Friend
One mortuary worker was asked to go to the attic in search of archived records. While looking, the worker came across a baby coffin. When she moved it aside with her foot so she could walk past it, she realized the casket was not empty. She ran back to the office to ask the funeral director about her discovery. She was told that it was an embalmed dog, kept in storage until the owner dies, so the two could be buried together.
When Doves Cry
Against the funeral director’s advice, a family released doves in a rural cemetery. After the release, a hawk swooped down and violently and loudly ripped one of the birds to pieces.
Fight or Flight
A mortician was preparing for an early morning service. When he turned his back to grab supplies, he saw the corpse slowly start to sit up. His fight/flight instinct immediately kicked in, and he ran to the stairs as fast as he possibly could. Only after running to escape the frightening scene did he realize that rigor mortis had begun to set in.
Happy Halloween from all of us at Foothill Funeral & Cremation Service
In the United States, people don’t often openly talk about death or funerals. And that is a shame, since death is a natural part of life. And while funeral directing is a unique job, the reason we enjoy it is because we love helping families during their time of need. Drop by our Glendora showroom any time. In Covina, our relationship with Sacred Heart Chapel is the perfect place for mourners to host funerals and memorial services in a grandiose yet intimate setting. We proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Working in the mortuary industry since 1996, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity and trust. We would be honored to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.