Sunday, May 6, 2012
Chevra Kadisha buries wrong woman in Jerusalem
A case of mistaken identity led to a rather surrealistic sequence of events last week, when the Chevra Kadisha burial society accidentally buried the wrong woman.
Shifra Dafna, an 80-year old Tel Aviv resident who died last week, was supposed to be laid to rest in Jerusalem shortly after her passing. However, the burial society mistakenly buried a different woman.
"We were supposed to bring my beloved aunt to burial last week in Jerusalem," said Betty Lahat, Dafna's niece. "Family members from across Israel came to pay their respects. We all made our way to the gravesite accompanied by Chevra Kadisha workers, who were rushing us throughout the whole funeral for some reason.
"At the gravesite, my uncle read the Kaddish (prayer for the dead), and as we finished covering the grave with fresh dirt and placing flowers on top of it, we received a shocking call. The company claimed that another family had come to identify a body which turned out to be my aunt's body, making it clear that they had buried the wrong woman," exclaimed Lahat.