Funeral home ‘ripped off’ coronavirus victim’s prepaid lavish send-off, family says

A British funeral home “ripped off” a 92-year-old coronavirus victim, her family charged.

Iris Lawley spared no expense for her final goodbye, pre-paying about $5,000 in 2017 for the top-tier “gold plan” offered by Co-op Funeralcare, The Sun reported.

The pricey package came with a veneer coffin, limousines, embalming and time in a chapel of rest.

But now Lawley, who died April 14 amid the coronavirus pandemic raging, will be cremated in the pajamas she left her nursing home in — and a service that only 10 mourners can attend.

Co-op Funeralcare at first offered Lawley’s family a measly $456 refund for the change of plans, according to The Sun.

Lawley’s daughter, Carol Winfield, basted the funeral directors — saying her dead mother “is being ripped off.”

“I’m totally disgusted with the whole scenario,” Carol told the newspaper.

Co-op Funeralcare ultimately refunded Lawley’s funeral plan — exchanging it for a simpler package and even throwing in a $312 payment as a goodwill gesture.

“A funeral plan is a very special and unique arrangement, and delivering it is one of the last wishes we can grant for our loved ones. Sadly, due to government guidance, we are unable to fulfill some aspects of the late Ms. Lawley’s funeral plan,” a company representative told The Sun.

Winfield is now trying to raise funds to purchase a karaoke machine for the nursing home where her mother lived. She last saw her mom April 14 — wearing protective equipment to hold the older woman’s hand about an hour before she died.

“As mum loved music I want the residents and staff to remember her through singing by purchasing a karaoke machine, Mum would have love that,” she said.


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