French couple stumble on Sons grave.

Xeilo

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A MOTHER and father attending a family burial in France were horrified to stumble across the grave of the son they thought to be alive and well, local newspaper La Voix du Nord reports.


Josiane Vermeersch and Elie Langlet were at Hellemmes cemetery near Lille in northern France on Wednesday for the funeral of Elie Langlet's brother.

As they left, one of the family party noticed a new headstone in an area reserved for paupers' graves. It read, "Olivier Langlet, 1968-2010."

A quick check with the local undertakers confirmed it was indeed the couple's son who lived less than a mile away. He was found dead from natural causes at his home in July.

The family had attempted to contact the 42-year-old, specifically about his uncle's funeral, but heard nothing back and assumed he had either gone away or was still brooding about a minor argument.
French couple stumble upon grave of son thought to be alive, report says | News.com.au

That is a pretty messed up way on finding that out :-/



 

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That's a horrible way to find out that your son has died. I feel so sorry for that family.
 

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I can't help but wonder how this is possible though? How did the authorities not let them know? How can someone die and their loved ones not find out? I think it's a little lame that they didn't worry about him more when they could not get a hold of him though. I would like to think that my family would know I am dead before I get buried. Yikes!
 

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He was a poor middle-aged man. If he died in a hospital or in public there may not have been a way to find any of his family members. There surely would have been some kind of notification in the newspaper.
 

Xeilo

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Well today I just found out a mate I used to go to school with died the other day, only reason I found out was I saw people post about it on facebook.
 

NINnerd

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If they knew the guy's name and birthday to put on the headstone, how could they not find his next of kin?

What a sad story.
 

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Damn! I cannot even begin to imagine the thoughts that enveloped their minds upon finding out about their son's death (the way they did). A truly sad and grievous occasion.
 

Bubbles

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That's just depressing, that's like the worst way to find out. But I'm still confused, like NINnerd said, how could they not find his next of kin? They already had his name. Even if he was estranged from his family, they should've still let them know that he was dead.