by Daveda Gruber:
Accusations it doubled as a body broker firm, a Colorado funeral home is under federal investigation over buying and selling human body parts.
When you have two businesses under the same roof they better not be a Funeral Home and a Donor Service.
A few months after it was discovered that Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors and Donor Services were operating out of the same building and by the same owner, the FBI started looking into both businesses.
A report described a body broker as “a company that acquires dead bodies, dissects them and sells the parts for profit to medical researchers, training organizations and other buyers.”
I seems that there was no other active instance where a funeral home, crematory and body broker had the same owner and were in the same building.
Sunset Mesa legally is permitted to own and operate both businesses in the same facility.
This situation may raise ethical concerns because it gives a financial incentive for the funeral home.
Steve Palmer, a funeral director in Cottonwood, Arizona, and former member of the policy board at the National Funeral Directors Association, said, “The conflict of interest of having a side business in body parts just leads to problems. There are no ethics there when you do that. You are not looking at the full disposition (of a body). You are looking at how to make money.”
A former employee at Sunset Mesa was troubled by funeral director Megan Hess, who was responsible for embalming and dismembering the dead bodies.
The ex-employee said that she witnessed a collection of gold teeth that Hess’ mother allegedly extracted from the corpses’ fillings or crowns. The family “cashed in on” the gold to pay for a trip to Disneyland in California.
In Colorado and most other states, it’s legal for funeral homes to sell items taken from corpses, including the gold found in teeth.
Okay, this is beginning to sound like Nazi Germany concentration camps.
Other staff members said that it was never disclosed to donor families that the corpses would be sold for profit. This makes it a potentially illegal practice.
An FBI investigation is underway but they are not saying exactly what they are investigating.
Beware where you send dead loved ones if this practice of selling body parts bothers you.