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Murray Henderson Funeral Home Algiers Louisiana Complaint - Still Angry

Review by grieving daughter on 2009-02-26
ALGIERS, LOUISIANA -- My father passed away Sept.2008 and his girlfriend had his funeral at Murray Henderson I'm living out of state and had to drive 4 hours to my fathers funeral. I arrived there 1 hour before the funeral and sat on the front bench so I could be close to my dad and moments before the funeral the funeral director came up to me and asked me to move that the seats were reserved for the family I told him that I was his daughter and he told me that I still had to move that the one paying the bill and her family was the only one allowed to sit on the front row. So here I am the only blood relative there and I'm sitting in the back. I was so very angry and hurt but I told myself to stay calm and remember the reason why I was there.. to pay my last respects to my father who I hadn't seen in 5 years and to make it even worst I was allowed to view his body briefly and then his was whisked away I told them I hadn't seen him in 5 years and I needed a little more time and I was physically moved aside.

Whoever reads this never have your loved one taken to this funeral home.
Comments:6 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-02-26
Posted by MRM on 2009-02-26:
Wow! That was rude of him to insult you like that.
Posted by TGT101 on 2009-02-26:
Did you talk the the 'family that was paying the bill' to see what it was all about?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-26:
I'm very sorry for your loss. This doesn't sound like the fault of the funeral home though, it sounds more like the girlfriend didn't include you when she made the seating arrangements and the funeral home was just following what they were told to do. And speaking of that, where was the g/f as you said this happened moments before the funeral started? Did she have anything to say about this matter?
Posted by Ponie on 2009-02-26:
Sounds as though a long-standing family feud was the culprit here. I've seen it happen before. I question why if this happened five months ago, the complaint is just now posted.
Posted by ejack053824 on 2009-02-26:
God this pisses me off just reading it! If I would have been there things would have got awfully physical. No way no one would keep me from my Dad.

To the poster....I'm sorry you had to go through this during your traumatic time and I'm sorry for your loss. May God be with you and help you through this difficult time. :)
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2009-02-26:
I agree with Ejack. If this is their policy (The family of the person paying gets front row seats), I'd tell that funeral director or who ever it is that made that rule, that he should be selling tickets to a concert instead of dealing with greving family members. I've never heard of such a thing before! I don't see why that family couldn't just allow you to sit there, you are the daughter...I can't even begin to tell you how many issues I have with this one. I don't even know what I'd do first but I surely would have flipped out.

Your loss is painful enough without having to deal with something like that...and I'm sorry you had to. My prayers are with you.

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