Monday, January 26, 2009
Funeral Home Investigated - Maggots On Bodies?
Emergency Action After Complaints Of Maggots - Odor From Bodies
TALLAHASSEE Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced she has ordered a St. Petersburg funeral home, which has been the subject of complaints regarding inappropriate presentation of bodies, to immediately cease from providing any embalming and refrigeration services.
The department received complaints from members of two families claiming that they saw fly larvae, or maggots, on their deceased loved ones' bodies and that a foul odor emanated from the bodies during funerals.
Sink issued the emergency order last week against Morning Glory Funeral Chapel of St. Petersburg, located at 3301 5th Ave. The emergency order is based on complaints from two families regarding funeral services last year.
"Funeral homes should be comforting and assisting families, not adding to their suffering. Instead, we have received complaints that are extremely disturbing," said CFO Sink. "We have issued this emergency order to protect consumers while we continue to investigate and ensure quality services are provided."
CFO Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, which licenses and regulates the funeral and cemetery industry through the Division of Cemetery, Funeral and Consumer Services.
Consumers wishing to file a complaint about this or another funeral home should visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com or call the CFO's consumer helpline at 1-877-My-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).