‘We don’t know how we’re going to lead his spirit back home’ – Families’ despair as the wrong body is cremated

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One grieving family got the wrong body for cremation and the other was left with no remains to bury. (Photo: Darren Stewart)
One grieving family got the wrong body for cremation and the other was left with no remains to bury. (Photo: Darren Stewart)

When his father passed away after contracting Covid-19 while recovering in hospital from hip-replacement surgery, Ricky Maharaj was devastated.

“We couldn’t view the body because of Covid-19 protocol,” he says.

The funeral arrangements for Chundersen Maharaj had to follow the strictest protocols and the Maharaj family did everything in accordance with the law.

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