FUNERAL HOME: Body never in garage

(WXYZ) - The generosity of a 7 Action News viewer is bringing peace to a man who could not afford to cremate his mother.

We first told you on Monday about the plight of Sirwan Jackson. After our story, a viewer anonymously paid $850 so Sirwan could have his mother’s remains.

Sirwan also claimed his mother’s body had been stored in a garage at the funeral home. Andrews and Hardy Funeral Home is calling that completely false.

They say her body was never stored in the garage.

Funeral Director Karen Hardy says:

"Andrews & Hardy funeral home takes great pride in our professionalism and our dedication to adhere to superior standards in funeral service. The community, we have serviced for the previous 23 years, entrust their most precious possession to our care, a trust we revere and would never violate. Every aspect of our care for Ms. Jackson Bandari, and her family, have been handled compassionately, ethically, and reverently and are governed by the laws of the state of Michigan."

READ THE FULL STATEMENT FROM THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR:

February 11, 2014

Andrews & Hardy Funeral Home takes great pride in our professionalism and our dedication to adhere to superior standards in funeral service, we maintain a high degree of respect for each and every one we serve and with whom we come in contact.  The Community, we have serviced for the previous 23 Years, entrust their most precious possession to our care, a trust we revere and would never violate, they are first-hand witnesses of our character and the impeccable standards, to which we cling.

While we have absolutely no control over the unmerited, and slanderous lies and mistruths that have been carelessly perpetrated by ill-intentioned, and misinformed persons, every aspect of our care for Ms. Jackson Bandari, and her family, have been handled compassionately, ethically, and reverently and are governed by the laws of the State of Michigan.

In light of the extended degree to which we have accommodated this family, we are grieved that Sirwan Jackson would go to such an extent to discredit our firm when he has stated how very supportive we have been of his circumstances.  Since we each are accountable for our own words and deeds, in the midst of these horrendous and distasteful accusations, we elect to continue to uphold our integrity and principles.  Our faith and trust in God commands that we, too, continue to pray for this family, as we do for every family we serve.  We wish him only the best.

As we have always done in the past, we are committed to maintain our elevated level to respectfully and exceptionally uphold the superb dignity of our firm, to keep our course to elevate the excellence of our profession, and persevere in our commitment to exceed the expectations of those we serve and, as always, to diligently and reverently care for those who have been entrusted to our care.

Respectfully,

Karen Hardy

Director

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