We had a friend over last night for superbowl, and we were talking about family etc. And he was telling us about his mother passing away (almost 10 years ago)
Since college he has lived in a few places, all in other provinces than Ontario.
He said that this past Christmas after speaking to his dad, they realized that they had not picked up his mothers ashes after the funeral.
After a brief phone call to the funeral home, to which he was told “Yep, uh hun, I’m sure we have that, we don’t normally throw that stuff away” he proceeded down there to pick up the ashes.
He was given a heavy brown cardboard box that was dropped in front of him at the reception desk and a respectful attendant said to him “Bout time you came to get this, she’s been dead quite some time”. He took the box and went home.
When he got home he opened the box to bring out the urn, but there was no urn. Just dust.
The funeral home didn’t tell him there was no urn, or even offer to sell him one.
Now all he has is a paper box with the last remains of his beloved mother.
How insenstive and borderline cruel is that?
He is currently looking for a decorative box to house the ashes, so he doesn’t have to try to move them from the box to an urn.