Three siblings sued a Paramount funeral home Tuesday, alleging the burial of their mother took place before they could hold a wake and in the wrong burial plot.
Rosa, Evelina and Jose Barajas filed the action in Los Angeles Superior Court against Rosecrans Funeral Home, alleging breach of contract, negligence and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
The siblings seek unspecified damages.
A representative of the funeral home did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.
According to the suit, the siblings’ mother, Ubalda Aleman, died May 26 at a convalescent home. The plaintiffs entered into an agreement with the funeral home the next day to arrange for the final disposition of their mother, the suit states.
On June 9, Evelina Barajas was contacted by someone on behalf of the funeral home and asked to bring more clothes for the decedent, the suit states. She tried to bring the clothing the next day, but was told by a Rosecrans representative that “everyone was in a meeting and would be too busy to see her,” according to the complaint.
Evelina Barajas went to the funeral home anyway and when she arrived she was told that her mother was buried the day before in a plot reserved for someone else, the suit states. The funeral home’s action took place before the decedent’s relatives could hold a wake, according to the lawsuit.
“Had … Evelina Barajas not insisted on going to Rosecrans, the plaintiffs would not have known that their mother was incorrectly buried …,” the suit states.
The siblings’ mother’s body was exhumed on or about June 11, but it had “noticeable markings and/or blemishes,” the suit states.
“Plaintiffs believed this to be the decaying process as their mother had been buried for approximately three days,” according to the complaint.
— City News Service