Family sues after a corpse was unceremoniously exposed to the bereaved

At a 2019 funeral a strap snapped, the casket violently fell to the ground, and Andrew Serrano's family got to see him one last time. Evidently, this horrifying experience left the family "distraught and hysterical."

They are seeking a mere $50,000 in damages. I expected to hear a much larger number.


A Massachusetts family whose loved one's casket fell open as it was being lowered into a grave, causing the body to fall out, has sued the funeral home and the cemetery.

The family of Andrew Serrano, a resident of Lawrence who died in March 2019, allege negligence and reckless infliction of emotional distress in the suit filed last Wednesday in Essex Superior Court, The Eagle-Tribune reported.

During the funeral handled by the Perez Funeral Home at city-owned Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence on April 5, 2019, "one of the side straps on the city-owned casket lowering device broke, causing Mr. Serrano's casket to fall into the grave and break apart," according to the suit.

The "corpse fell out of the casket" in full view of "horrified family members who became visibly distraught and hysterical," the suit said.