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Quebec funeral home places wrong body in open coffin

Credits: Oscar St-Ours funeral home

QMI AGENCY

SHAWINIGAN, QUE. - A funeral home in central Quebec has apologized after placing the wrong body in an open coffin prior to a weekend funeral.

The shocking mistake can't be undone because the Oscar St-Ours funeral home mistakenly cremated Marguerite Mercier-Pelletier's body prior to the service in this town two hours east of Montreal.

The family discovered the stunning mistake when they arrived at the viewing on Friday only to find a person they didn't recognize lying in the casket.

They immediately notified the funeral home.

St-Ours admits a paperwork error that resulted in the 81-year-old woman's body being incinerated.

The woman's brother tells QMI Agency that he doesn't have any hard feelings, but other relatives aren't as sure.

Some are considering their options, calling the mistake inexcusable.

St-Ours claims it has never placed the wrong body in a casket in 91 years of operation.

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