‘Terrible thing to happen’: Greek Australian family reflects on shocking funeral mix up


On Monday, The Greek Herald first reported an incident which saw a mix-up of two bodies placed in the wrong caskets leaving two Greek Australian families devastated.

During a funeral service last Friday, Despina Nicolopoulos was farewelling her late husband of 57 years.

The family opened the casket to pay their respects to their beloved husband, father and grandfather, and saw the body in the casket was not their family member.

“My daughter say ‘Mum not my father this one… another man’,” Despina told 7News on Tuesday.

“Terrible thing to happen,” Mrs Nicolopoulos said.

The family later found out that her late husband’s body had been buried two hours earlier.

Despina’s son, Bill, explained during the same interview that although the family acknowledges the mistake was “a pure accident” it is “just devastating”.

Euro Funerals. Photo: The Greek Herald

The funeral home, Euro Funeral Services, told 7News that the mix-up occurred during a routine procedure and that both families were offered a refund over the ordeal.

Euro Funeral Services Funeral Director, Spiro Haralambous apologised for the incident saying he wished he could “turn it back for the families”.

“The procedure is normally that one should check the ID on the body before they actually put the coffin lid with the name plate on the coffin,” Haralambous said.

“This is where that procedure was not followed through.”

The Nicolopoulos family, is now enquiring to find out how their loved one’s body could be exhumed without permission or consent.

READ MORE: Funeral mix up sends shockwaves through Sydney’s Greek community




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

2035: The end of the Greek community of Australia as we know it (Part Two)

In our previous article we referred to the important year 2035, a milestone for the presence and evolution of Hellenism in Australia.

‘Poor Things’ costumes exhibition opens at Benaki Museum in Greece

Costumes from Giorgos Lanthimos' film "Poor Things" are featured in an exhibition inaugurated by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

Meet Joanna Kalafatis: New Greek star of hit Netflix series ‘Maestro in Blue’

Joanna Kalafatis is a beautiful Greek woman with voluminous hair. However, as the saying goes, there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

Archaeologists in Crete mystified by 4000-year-old discovery

A recently discovered 4,000-year-old stone building in Crete is puzzling archaeologists and potentially delaying an airport project.

Greece ranks third among Mediterranean cruise destinations

Data from the Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME) show that Greek ports handled 7,003,150 passengers in 2023, up from 4,629,650 in 2022.

You May Also Like

Greek woman charged with murder after deaths of 3 daughters

A 33-year-old woman from Patras in southern Greece has been charged with the murder of her 9-year-old daughter.

Flood crisis: Thousands told to evacuate across south-western Sydney

Tens of thousands of residents across south-western Sydney have been told to evacuate immediately due to flooding concerns.

Preparing for Holy Week: Special traditions for Greek Orthodox Easter

Holy Week is the week that leads into Easter starting from the Sunday before, being Palm Sunday until Holy Saturday.