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Funeral outrage at too-small grave

Published 29/11/2011 | 15:37

Gravediggers in Pittsburgh are accused of jumping up and down on a coffin to make it fit into a tight hole
Gravediggers in Pittsburgh are accused of jumping up and down on a coffin to make it fit into a tight hole

Gravediggers have jumped up and down on the coffin of an elderly woman to force it into a tight hole as her family looked on in horror, according to her family.

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The workers at a Roman Catholic cemetery near Pittsburgh are also accused of poking it with poles.

Theodore Zimmick, his daughter and granddaughter sued the Pittsburgh diocese and its Catholic Cemeteries Association over the burial of his 91-year-old mother, Agnes Zimmick, on December 1, 2009.

After the funeral service, the family said they went to visit the graves of other family members, and then saw workers stamping and walking on the coffin and otherwise jamming it into the grave.

Annabelle McGannon, executive director of the US cemeteries association, says the family's claims have been investigated and are "unfounded".

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