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No Dignity for the Dead

Patricia Sullivan

Here's a story that needs exposure and reaction: National Funeral Home in Falls Church, which acts as a regional clearinghouse that embalms and stores bodies for four other Washington area funeral homes, treated the dead with at best disregard.

A witness who worked there said as many as 200 corpses were left on makeshift gurneys in the garage, in hallways and in a back room, unrefrigerated and leaking fluids onto the floor. Some were stored on cardboard boxes or were balanced on biohazard containers. At least half a dozen veterans destined for the hallowed ground at Arlington National Cemetery were left in their coffins on a garage rack. It's an appalling expose by our colleague Josh White.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 6, 2009; 11:37 AM ET
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , Washington DC-area people  
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Appalling might be an understatement. Even if we put aside dignity for a moment (and that's not easy), what about the public health angle?

And would this story have been told without a newspaper to publish it?

Posted by: Blurgle | April 6, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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