Decaying foot appears on top of grandfather's casket at gruesome burial
The foot appeared as the casket was being lowered (Picture: Butler family)

A decaying foot appeared on top of a grandfather’s casket as his body was being lowered into a grave.

The family of Cleveland Butler, who died aged 85, received the gruesome surprise as they mourned their loss at Mount Holiness Memorial Park in New Jersey.

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His daughter, Sandra Butler, told New York Daily News: ‘This was a very traumatizing situation, first dealing with losing my father and then this.

‘I couldn’t even look at it. It was too much and no one said anything to us. It was like business as usual for them. They just dumped the dirt in the plot like it was normal, like it’s nothing to them.’

The foot belonged to a grave that was dug in 1969. A cemetery caretaker said it was originally in a casket but that has since deteriorated.

Decaying foot appears on top of grandfather's casket at gruesome burial
Cleveland with his daughter (Picture: Butler family)

Bill Plog added: ‘You can purchase a concrete vault, but people don’t. It’s unfortunate that this happened, but this is a graveyard.’

But that wasn’t the only thing that went wrong at this burial.

The family said one worker accidentally dropped a packet of cigarettes and his phone in he burial ground.

Rev. Kevin McCall, crisis director with the National Action Network, said: ‘This is beyond heinous for anyone to witness during their time of grieving over a loved one.’

James Shmergel, Mount Holiness owner, told the news website: ‘Is it newsworthy? In a cemetery? Not really.’