Imagine a family's surprise and horror when they saw a stranger's face after opening their loved one's casket for a final goodbye before burial.
That's exactly what happened to a family in Chehalis, Wash., earlier this week.
The deceased Jerry Moon, pictured with his wife, was cremated accidentally when his body was mixed up with another, likely at the funeral home. (Image source: KIRO video screenshot)
KIRO-TV says family members of the deceased Jerry Moon were shocked at what they saw Monday afternoon.
Brian Moon, the man's son, was at first upset that a bag had been wrapped around his dad's head.
It was Brian's brother who noticed it wasn't their father.
“I turned around and said to myself three times, ‘That’s not him, that’s not him, that’s not him,” Randy Moon, told the local news outlet.
It turns out Jerry Moon, a man who feared being cremated, was confused with another body. Moon was cremated and the other man, not publicly identified, was placed in his clothes and casket.
The hospice home where Moon died said the funeral home likely made the mistake, according to KIRO.
“This makes me feel like he was treated as a number, not a person,” daughter Cheryl Moon told KIRO.
Still, the family seems to be trying to keep a level perspective on the mixup.
“The only other thing I can say is we know where he really is,” Randy Moon said, according to KIRO. “We’re a believing family, and we believe he is in heaven.”
Watch KIRO's report about the incident:
KING-TV reported the Washington Department of Licensing launched an investigation to figure out where the mixup occurred.
"If whoever's responsible doesn't feel the repercussions, then maybe this will happen to someone else again. I can tell you it permanently put a dent in me," Brian Moon told KING.
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(H/T: Daily Mail)