Brite Lite funeral director shocked as he collects son’s body at airport
Director of Brite Lite Funeral Services and Supplies, Tommy Thompson (right) watches as the remains of his son, Andrew, are placed into a hearse.
IT’S a fate he said he would not wish on his worst enemy. Director and operator of Brite Lite Funeral Services and Supplies, Tommy Thompson, said he is hurt and broken about the manner in which his son’s body was sent to the island, so much so he will be taking legal action against the England-based funeral home responsible.
Thompson, whose 16-year-old funeral business is well known locally and internationally, said his grieving process has been made much worse due to the poor condition in which his 29-year-old son’s body arrived in the island yesterday afternoon at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
“I’ve been in this business for a while, [and] our presentation is what made us what we are today. When I went to the airport and saw the condition my son was sent down in [it hurts]. He was not properly embalmed, it’s like when you go to a crime scene and just pick up a body; that was how I received my son, and that destroyed me,” Thompson told the Jamaica Observer in a phone interview last evening.
Thompson’s son, Andrew, was in his second year of pursuing a degree in engineering at a university in England, but was murdered two weeks ago, having been stabbed 15 times.
The funeral operator said the stabbing was “over a woman” and that the perpetrator later turned himself in to the police.
But the fact that his son’s murderer is no longer on the loose is little comfort to Thompson, who is now in the process of re-embalming his son’s body.
“Everybody was taken aback with what they saw. I couldn’t believe that here was my son; we gonna take legal action, whatever the cost, we are prepared to go all the way. Right now I have to be here fixing my son. I have no problem fixing him, but the family, my other kids, right now, they are all traumatised about the whole situation,” Thompson said.