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South Hadley funeral home accused of improper handling of bodies

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SOUTH HADLEY, MA (WSHM) -

On Friday, the Massachusetts State Division of Professional Licensure pulled the license for Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley after it said the business improperly handled bodies stored at the facility.

According to the state's documents, the Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers ordered the funeral home's director, William Ryder, to immediately surrender his license.

The board said the funeral home failed to properly store and embalm six bodies left in the home's care.

The allegations come after an inspection was conducted at the funeral home's Lamb Street location on May 28.

Violations found in the inspection report include:

  • Decedent 1: Took on or about May 1, 2014 was in a state of decomposition in a body bag. Decedent 1 had failed to be properly embalmed.
  • Decedent 2: Took on or about May 22, 2014, was in a state of decomposition and was only wrapped in blankets. Decedent 2 had failed to be properly embalmed.
  • Decedent 3: Took on or about May 20, 2014 was in a state of decomposition and was only covered in a white sheet. Decedent 3 had failed to be properly embalmed.

Three other bodies were also highlighted in the report. The state said they were left in unrefrigerated rooms, some wrapped in just blankets and decomposing.

The report states, "Your conduct also constitutes unprofessional conduct and conduct which undermines the integrity of the funeral services profession."

CBS 3 went to the funeral home to find answers and were surprised when an employee said calling hours had just ended, even though Ryder's license had been suspended.

Paul Boudreau, Ryder's attorney, told our media partners MassLive and The Republican, that other funeral directors have temporarily taken over operations to prevent disruptions for families who have already scheduled wakes.

Boudreau said his client's health concerns eventually led to the lack of attention to the bodies.

Ryder is expected to attend a hearing at the Division of Professional Licensure's Boston headquarters on June 6.

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