August 6, 2009
[efoods]A grieving mother in Britain was fined $173 for spending too long at her son’s coffin before it was taken away for cremation.
Terrie Rouse, 32, said her grief turned to shock when officials told her she had taken too long to say goodbye, The Daily Mail reported.
“The vicar had asked if I would like to spend a bit more time saying goodbye,” she said. “I sat by the coffin for 10 minutes, telling my son how much we loved him and begging him not to be scared.”
Officials at the crematorium, run by a local English council, impose an extra charge if any funeral runs over its 30-minute slot.
However, the couple’s funeral directors said there was plenty of time for the next funeral which was not due to take place for another 50 minutes.