Woman finds staples, glass in dad's ashes

June 23, 2011
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A Long Island woman discovered glass shards, metal staples and a partially melted crucifix among other debris in her father’s ashes — and now she’s demanding an explanation from the funeral home and crematorium responsible for managing her dad’s remains.

Jennie Spooner, of Amityville, merely wanted to give her father the send-off he deserved. She dusted some of his ashes on a dinosaur in the Museum of Natural History, attached some to the tail of a kite and spilled some on the water at Canaan Lake as her dad wanted, reports The New York Post.

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Before she could continue spreading her father’s ashes at his favorite haunts throughout the city, Spooner discovered the trash, including pieces of bone and a broom, in his remains.

Spooner, 52, immediately called Joseph Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Home to complain, but the director blamed the crematorium, reports the Post. Spooner was horrified.

“My heart was pounding. I said, ‘What the heck is that? A spring? It flipped me out,” said Spooner, whose father died eight months ago from pneumonia and an infection. He was 79.

Spooner hired an attorney and is considering a lawsuit against the funeral and the crematorium.

Both the funeral home and the crematorium declined comment when the Post asked for their response.

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