A heartbroken French mother is furious that nobody told her that her son had died after another family member stumbled across his grave while attending her brother’s funeral.
They had been out of touch following a row, when the man, Olivier Langlet, had died of natural causes.
“Like a dog, with nothing!” Josiane Vermeersch said of her 42-year-old son, interred in an area reserved for poor people. “When you’ve done all this for your brother… but this… not being told. Why here?! Someone has not done his job!”
Near Lille, north of Paris, Josiane Vermeersch said she had tried to contact her son a few days earlier to invite him to his uncle’s funeral.
Another son, Christophe Langlet, said: “My mother has lived at the same address here for 20 years. The authorities could have found her easily. She lives only steps away. Someone didn’t take their job seriously.”
Olivier Langlet man died at his home, and the mother said it was unbelievable that with all the technological means available that nobody had attempted to inform the family.
A Lille prosecutor said the matter would be looked into.