Comedian appalled after Jewish cousin given pricey Catholic burial
A cousin of comedian Elayne Boosler was given a pricey Catholic funeral after dying at a Brooklyn nursing home — even though she’s Jewish and had arrangements to be buried at an already-paid-for plot elsewhere, according to a report.
Dorothea Buschell, 83, died April 13 after coming down with the coronavirus at the Hamilton Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Bay Ridge, The City reported.
But her family claimed they weren’t notified and only learned about her death when her one of her cousins, Harriet Saltzman, tried to reach her for her birthday, according to the report.
By that time, Buschell had already been interred at Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey — which charged her with a $15,000 Catholic funeral package, the outlet reported.
“I am horrified at how she must have died, at how she was swindled and at how she is now far from her family in a strange grave,” Boosler told the outlet.
Boosler said that despite no one being present for the funeral, the burial included costs for $600 flowers, $34 for bridge and tunnel tolls, and a $595 limousine, as well as $95 for makeup and $400 for clothes.
Even more baffling, there were charges for $500 for clergy and another $200 for a cross and rosary beads, she said.
“That’s right folks, they buried my Jewish cousin, who never wore makeup & never spent more than $25 on an outfit, who always tipped 20% and would have known to take Queensboro Bridge to avoid tolls, IN A CATHOLIC CEMETERY HOLDING A ROSARY, WITH A $16,000 FAKE FUNERAL THAT NEVER HAPPENED,” Boosler wrote on Facebook.
Boosler said she had ensured in paperwork as recently as August 2018 that her cousin would be buried at New Montefiore Cemetery in Farmingdale.
“She had a burial plot (Jewish) next to her mother, sister & dad, which I myself reaffirmed was still in her record when I visited her August 2018,” Boosler wrote.
The pricey funeral was part of a $15,000 pre-need funeral plan, which Buschell was sold in August 2017 but never signed, the outlet reported.
Richard J. Brum, who represents the Allure Group, the company that owns Hamilton Park nursing home, declined to comment on Buschell’s situation, citing resident privacy concerns, The City reported
“Whenever a resident passes away, our policy is to immediately notify their family representative who is then responsible for making final arrangements for the deceased,” Brum said in a statement. “When family is not involved in the resident’s care, we notify the court-appointed legal guardian who then makes those arrangements.”
Kehila Chapels of Brighton Beach, which claimed Buschell’s remains, didn’t respond to request for comment, the outlet said.
Boosler was unable to be reached Monday for comment.
Source: Read Full Article