Italian Family Regrets Burying Mother While She Was Still Alive

| by Lina Batarags

Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy. In the case of the family of 68-year-old Grazi Bruno, it has proven to be even harder than expected; the family believes Bruno was still alive when they buried her.

Bruno’s family has maintained that she wasn’t really dead because her body showed no signs of decomposition or rigor mortis, both of which normally occur after death.

After two medical authorities confirmed that Bruno had died from pancreatic cancer, the family spent eight days fighting municipal authorities over her body.

Ultimately, they held a funeral in the town of Villagrazia di Carini, near the capital of Palermo.

The family has expressed grief and regret over their mother’s passing.

“For us, we will always regret that we buried our mother while she was still alive,” said one family member who remained unnamed.

“Better to err on the side of caution than on indifference and distraction,” said priest Antonino Caruso during the mass. Caruso noted that “anyone in their place would have acted the same way.”

Although cases of living people being mistaken for dead and buried while still alive are extremely rare, instances do exist.

In November of 2013, a woman in Brazil received quite the fright when she witnessed a living man climb out of a grave in a San Paolo cemetery.

“I was terrified to see a man, who I thought was dead, trying to get out of the grave,” the woman said.

She immediately called emergency workers the site, and the man was rescued.

A cemetery director confirmed that the man had indeed been buried alive, although he failed to address the question of how the circumstance had come about. It is believed that prior to his burial, the man had gotten into a fight in another part of the city and had been badly beaten up in the altercation.

Sources: UPI, Metro Newsday, Guyism, Huffington Post

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