AMELIA, OHIO: An Ohio woman who found her teenage sonís cremated remains in a plastic shopping bag inside an urn is talking about how sheís upset with the Kentucky funeral home that handled the ashes.
Nancy Bronner, of Amelia in southwestern Ohio, said she was disgusted to open her sonís urn after his death last September only to find his ashes tied up in a Wal-Mart bag.
ďI donít care who you are; itís not right to put a human personís ashes in a Wal-Mart bag,Ē Bronner told WCPO-TV.
ďIt is still disrespectful,Ē said Bronner, who is considering filing a complaint with state authorities. ďYou donít do that to a parent who has lost their child. You donít do that to anyone.Ē
Her son, T.J. Mitchell, died at age 17 of a heart condition.
Bob McDaniel of McDaniel Funeral Home in Dry Ridge, Ky., said that the family had asked him to divide the ashes in four containers that didnít seal and had no bags, so he used what he had.
He said he cut the bags so they didnít show any store name or logo. Bronner says it was recognizable as a Wal-Mart bag.
Thomas Mitchell, T.J.ís father and Bronnerís ex-husband, defended the funeral homeís decision and said he still keeps his sonís ashes in the original bag he was given.
ďWas anything done maliciously? No,Ē he said. ďIt may have been a split second lack of judgment, but they were also looking out for our best interest because the containers we provided did not seal.Ē
But T.J.ís mom feels differently.
Bronner said she had her sonís ashes transferred into a clear plastic bag at another funeral home. She has contacted the Kentucky attorney generalís office and the Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors to file complaints.