Flint funeral home scrutinized over handling of bodies
Lansing — A Flint funeral home that offers discounted cremations to Lansing residents faces disciplinary action after a state inspector found decomposing bodies in the funeral home’s garage.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office filed four complaints against Swanson Funeral Home in September for gross negligence, incompetence, violation of a rule of conduct and an inability to serve the public, the Lansing State Journal reported.
The complaints were filed with the state Board of Mortuary Science on behalf of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs after Leslie-Springport Funeral Homes director Darin Vickers was appalled by what he found when he visited the home to pick up a body last year.
“The place just reeked to death. It smelled like decomposition,” said Vickers. “I’m a country kid and a funeral director. I’m used to bad smells. That place was disgusting.”
O’Neil Swanson II, the owner of the Flint funeral home, said he’s done nothing illegal or wrong.
Attorney General Mike Cox, who’s representing the funeral home, said in a statement “These allegations are just that - allegations. We fully intend to address all the concerns of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in the proper forum.”
Meanwhile, he said the funeral home will put their efforts toward “providing comfort to Flint families as they deal with the loss of a loved one.”
Vickers filed the complaint in September 2015. Results of an investigation said “several unrefrigerated human remains” had been stored in the garage since May 2015.
Swanson said the bodies have since been taken care of and claims there were only two bodies being stored due to an unexpected return from the crematorium.