Cubanet.org | Rigoberto González Morales, Cubanacán Press
The grieving relatives of Bienvenida Moreno, deceased at age 83, were too worn-out to protest by the time a funeral-home employee pointed out her poorly-made casket was about to lose its bottom.
Just before the appointed time at which the funeral procession was to
leave Camacho funeral home in Santa Clara, an employee summoned the
service coordinator and pointed out the government-supplied casket was not likely to make it to burial in one piece; its bottom was apparently
ready to let go.
The service coordinator determined that no matter; all that had to be
done was to pick up the casket by its bottom so that it would not break.
When it was put in the hearse, the coordinator instructed funeral
personnel: Handle with care and do not tilt.
The caskets, made by the Santa Clara casket factory, uses the lowest
quality materials, usually a local pine, mango, or even kapok wood. There
are few frills, and the assembly is also of shoddy quality.
Moreno died after two days in hospital. Relatives had to endure an
unexplained wait of over six hours for the body to be released from the