Bankruptcy Delays Death Certificates in Detroit

Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 01:45 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Documenting deaths in Detroit has been tough recently because the bankrupt city hasn't been able to pay for the paper it needed to print death certificates.

The Detroit News reported Wednesday that funeral directors in the Motor City received a text message last month stating, "FYI, city of Detroit can’t process death certificates because they have no paper and don’t have money to buy any."

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The morbid money crunch came after a nervous vendor who normally supplies the city with blank certificates demanded cash. The city didn’t have it.

A spokesman for Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr said the problem has since been resolved with the vendor being assured payment.

But funeral directors were not amused.

"Death doesn’t take any holidays. Death happens every day of the week and especially on weekends," Wallace Williams, president of the Michigan Select Funeral Directors Association, told the News.





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