A grieving family was forced to wait before laying their loved one to rest due to lengthy delays with autopsy services.
The heartbroken New South Wales residents had to endure 16 days of pain before saying their final goodbyes.
Speaking to the ABC, Jill Jones explained she was not able to bury her 52-year-old son, who sadly passed away after swerving to avoid a kangaroo, as she waited for the autopsy to be completed.
In New South Wales, only forensic specialists are able to conduct autopsies, meaning those living in regional areas are having to wait extended periods as their loved ones bodies are transferred to bigger hospitals throughout the state.
“Mark’s body lay in hospital for four days until they could organise a contractor to take him all the way to Newcastle,” Jill told the ABC.
“Not being anywhere near them, knowing they’ve died tragically and thinking of them being shoved from pillar to post, it was just terrible.”
Sadly, this isn’t the only case of families having to wait lengthy times after the death of a loved one.
A case in America earlier this year saw families wait several months or even years to receive the autopsy results due to a backlog at the state’s medical examiner’s office, 22News reports.
According to the news station, the office had failed to complete 58 per cent of autopsy reports, 32 per cent of death certificates and 28 per cent of toxicology exams within the 90-day industry standard.
Other families across the world face disagreements when deciding how their loved one should be laid to rest.
The trouble is that at times of grief, when emotions are running high, it can be the trickiest time to make amends or draw feuding family members together.
From blocking difficult relations from the funeral or memorial service, to going against their wishes for the deceased relative, it can create a highly-charged situation for everyone involved.
Funeral planning platform mysendoff.com advises relatives to accept help from an outside mediator or funeral planner in these situations, allowing them to take over arrangements and take the pressure off warring families to come to a joint agreement.