Rick Gooding Funeral Home
Highway 19, Cross City, FL 32628
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My father died Oct 3, 2013 sometime during the early morning, my brother found him, notified me at 5:34 pm Oct 3, I drove to Old Town to my dad's house to find birth certificate, DD214, etc, it was getting late and I wanted to at least see my Dad one last time, I arrive bring my brother, no one greets me ( us) two guys wave through a glass window to come into the office, no sorry for your loss, no nothing,and I quote;Rick is off getting his hair; I ask to see my Dad, they say I have to talk to Rick, he arrives, takes us into a room with a file of papers, I tell him we don't have all of my Dads documents yet, I had only had 45 minutes to look, I ask to see my Dad for the last time, he says, not until we have signed an arrangement agreement and made payment in full. We would not receive the death certificate until payment in full, and they also took possession of all of my dad's medications including prescription narcotics, I ask for the prescription names and prescribing doctors, and documentation of possession and disposal records, no clear answer there either. I honestly don't know if this is common practice, I would love input and guidance, this is the only funeral home in Cross City, Florida, I need options, I really have a bad feeling about this place, seems unethical, and it breaks my heart that this man looked me in the eye as I sat there in tears wanting to see my Dad, and he was cold as stone, I felt like he was trying to intimidate me.