NJ Jewish Funeral Home sued for burying woman in someone else’s clothes in grave | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | David Israel | Elul 15, 5782 – September 11, 2022
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Trenton attorney Robin Kay Lord is suing Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels in Manalapan, New Jersey, a funeral home affiliated with the Dignity Memorial® Network of funeral and cemetery service providers, The Trentorian reported last week. Representing her father, Leroy Kay, attorney Kay Lord alleges that in 2020, her mother, Janet Kay, was buried in another woman’s clothes, wearing that other woman’s wedding ring, next to a strange man in the wrong graveyard.
Janet Kay, 82, of Lakewood, died in her sleep on October 3, 2020.
According to the lawsuit, the family provided the morgue with the clothes and jewelry of the late Janet Kay that they wanted her to be buried with, but she was buried in another woman’s clothes, wearing someone’s ring. another “next to a dead man she doesn’t know”. and during a Jewish holiday.
OK, question: since when are Jews buried on Jewish holidays? Also: since when are Jews buried in their clothes and with jewelry?
The Kay family reported an “extended delay” on the day of mother’s services, and Bloomfield-Cooper called to ask Janet’s husband questions suggesting his wife’s body had been misplaced.
According to the lawsuit, the family members came face to face and showed them “a woman who was not Janet Kay. The unidentified woman wore Janet Kay’s clothes and wore her jewelry. Leroy Kay couldn’t bear to watch as he was terrified of what he would see. In front of at least sixty people, some family members screamed and a nonagenarian (who is over 90) had to sit down because she nearly fainted.
Janet Kay was to be buried at Mount Sinai Cemetery in Marlboro, NJ, the day after her death, Oct. 4, 2020. But her remains were taken to northern New Jersey, where she was buried, according to the lawsuit. When the family went to Morganville Cemetery for a memorial service on October 6, 2020, they held the service without Janet’s body.
“Janet Kay’s last bodily moments in the eyes of the Jewish faith were not shown to all of her family and friends. Janet Kay was not buried with respect and dignity,” according to the lawsuit.
On October 7, 2020, Bloomfield-Cooper exhumed Janet’s body from her grave in northern New Jersey and the next day invited Robin Kay Lord to their Manalapan office to identify her mother’s body, before the family buries Janet Kay in a smaller ceremony this time. in his intended grave.
The lawsuit alleges negligence, breach of contract, violation of the right to have a proper burial and infliction of emotional distress.
Robin Lord’s website says she has successfully defended people charged with crimes throughout the state of New Jersey. Murder, sexual assault, aggravated assault, bank robbery, drug distribution, official misconduct, theft, carjacking, burglary, armed robbery, fraud and racketeering as well as the possession of weapons; Robin has a large and successful portfolio. Some of these victories involved DNA, fingerprints and other identification evidence as well as other forensic evidence.
“Robin Lord believes that only an aggressive legal defense will defend you when accused of committing a serious crime. That’s why hundreds of clients have chosen Robin for over a quarter of a century to defend their cases with passion. and care. Most people often do not understand the variety of defenses that might be available to them. It is only with qualified representation that your rights can be thoroughly considered and fully protected. Robin will level the rules of the game and will ensure that your rights are protected.
Needless to say, the Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels are in trouble.