Funeral home under fire for refusing coffin to deceased veteran

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CATOOSA COUNTY, GEORGIA (RNN) – A dispute between a funeral home and the family of a deceased veteran went viral after Heritage Funeral Home refused to provide a coffin for the visitation.

The Georgia funeral home initially declined the family of George Taylor, a deceased Vietnam War veteran, a coffin due to finances. During the visitation, he was placed on a gurney with a flag draped over him.

James Taylor, the son of the deceased George Taylor, told WTVC that his family agreed to the arrangement, but it was a “disgrace” to his father.

Ella Moss took to social media to say the funeral home refused to provide a casket despite the family allegedly sending a check. Her post was liked nearly 1,000 times and has nearly 2,000 shares.

Moss is a family member, although it is not clear what her relationship is to the deceased.

The funeral home’s staff, however, said they followed the instructions of the family and that, since the Facebook post went viral, they have received threats from within the community.

“We were trying to honor the request and let them have some closure by viewing their loved one,” David Cummings, with Heritage Funeral Home, told WTVC.

Ben Friberg with the funeral home said that money “has never been a reason not to serve a family.”

On Friday, the two parties reached an agreement and Heritage Funeral Home displayed George Taylor’s body in a casket before his burial at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

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