|Sunday, 23 September 2012 10:59|
A SHOCKING new documentary shows staff from one of the country’s biggest funeral firms making lewd and racist comments towards the dead and their families.An undercover reporter spent three months working for Gillman Funeral Services, which has six branches in South London and is part of Funeral Partners Ltd, owners of 70 UK funeral businesses. In scenes certain to upset viewers, staff show a blatant disrespect for the bodies of the deceased in their care, even chanting ‘Chelsea scum’ at one before sealing his coffin.
While driving a body in a hearse, staff watch pornography on a mobile phone, and when collecting one woman’s ashes they joke that her favourite song was Shake, Rattle And Roll.
In another shocking scene in the ITV programme, a corpse is stripped by an embalmer as she and a colleague joke around, singing David Rose’s Sixties hit The Stripper.
They also make derogatory remarks about the woman’s skin.
Clothes brought in by families to dress their loved ones are stuffed in a bag and put into the coffin because the embalmer responsible claims she doesn’t have time to do it – despite company literature saying the wishes of the bereaved are paramount.
Another employee is secretly filmed making racist remarks at a funeral attended by mourners from the Afro-Caribbean community, while a funeral director encourages the bereaved to spend as much money as possible.
- Daily Mail