Disputing burial

  • The Judgement of King Solomon by Braemer (https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/435769)

Two cases of disputed burials at opposite ends of the social scale. Proof that humans are humans regardless of whether wealthy or poor.

Young Pono Aperahama died in Australia last October. Pono lived with his grandparents and was originally from New Zealand. It seems his family had broken up with his mother based back in NZ and his sister and father living in Australia. The dispute arises as his mum wants him buried in the Maori tradition back in NZ while his Dad proposes he be cremated and the ashes shared between both sides of the family. It seems the issues which split the family up have not gone away and are being relived in the scramble to resolve Pono's burial. The telling issue to my mind is Pono's sister who is against her mother's solution. 


At the opposite end of the social scale a wealthy US family are disputing the executors of their wealthy father's will in deciding where to bury him. Paul Lewis Morigi was a WWII veteran and was briefly married in England to an Olive Murphy at the end of the war. Mr Morigi subsequently divorced Olive and remarried and reared a family in the states. However, at the age of 92 Mr Morigi divorced his second wife and moved back to live with Olive in Eastbourne. In his will he stipulated that his executors bury him with Olive while his family dispute this decision. They seem to be saying he lived most of his life in the States and should be buried there, in the family plot he bought for his sons burial.


Both cases are in the hands of a judge - I wonder what the law will decide? The Australian judge saus he is not King Solomon but Pono's father has already proposed a solution similar to Solomon.