Woman who was pronounced dead comes back to life at funeral home, sheriff’s office says

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN/Gray News) – A woman who was pronounced dead came back to life at a funeral home in Nebraska, officials said.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident that happened at Butherus-Maser & Love Funeral Home in Lincoln on Monday morning.

Officials said the 74-year-old woman was pronounced dead around 9:45 a.m. by staff members at the Mulberry nursing home in Waverly.

The woman had been in hospice, and nursing staff were expecting her to pass away, according to Chief Deputy Ben Houchin.

Funeral home staff transported the woman’s body to their facility.

While preparing her body for funeral arrangements, an employee noticed the woman still breathing and called 911.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to the funeral home at 11:43 a.m. and took the woman to the hospital.

Hours later, she was pronounced dead again at 4 p.m., according to Houchin.

Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon ordered an autopsy to be performed Tuesday. The sheriff’s office will give an update once the final autopsy report is completed.

Houchin said officials at the Butherus-Maser & Love Funeral Home have been cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation.

“I also want to state in our investigation that the funeral home did nothing wrong. They are the ones that found that she was still alive,” Houchin said.