Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery fined for reusing part of another casket, documents say

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A well-known East Memphis funeral home and cemetery is in trouble with state regulators.

Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery was fined $1,500 last month by the the Department of Commerce and Insurance.

The department in a release said the company, “used a casket or any part of a casket that had been used previously in connection with the disinterment and reinterment of a deceased human body.”

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According to Tennessee State law, re-using a casket, “shall be permissible to utilize a previously used casket shell for viewing if, and only if, a new interior or interior insert is installed.”

FOX13 filed an open records request with the state to find out exactly were the allegations that led up to the fine. It could take a week to get the information.

Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery released a statement to FOX13 that read:

“Since 1925, families across Memphis have entrusted Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery with the care of those who rest here and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously. We’ve worked closely with the State of Tennessee to resolve this situation to the satisfaction of everyone involved. Out of honor and respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment at this time.”
Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

FOX13 is working to find out if the funeral home can appeal this fine. It is a civil penalty and not a criminal one.