It was 1990 and Lisa Scott-Coleman was in the kitchen busy making dinner, unaware that her life was about to take an entirely different trajectory.
She had a good job, a management role for a medical company, and was about to get married.
Scott-Coleman’s fiancé, Robert, came home from work complaining he wasn’t feeling well. All of a sudden he started having what Scott-Coleman describes as “seizures” saying, “I need to get some air.” Scott helped Robert into the backyard and got him a chair. “The last thing he said to me was, ‘Can you untie my boots?’”
Robert collapsed and died. Lisa was devastated.
Cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. “The doctors said if he had been on the operating table when this happened there was likely nothing they could have done for him,” Scott-Coleman says, her voice dropping a measure as she relives the horrible day.
Congo Funeral Home in Wilmington handled the obsequies for Robert Hairston. He was thirty-one years old.
I ask Scott-Coleman if her fiancé’s funeral is what got her interested in funeral service and she replies candidly, “No, not precisely.” She goes on to explain, “It wasn’t the experience of the funeral, though I’d always been curious about funerals. I wanted to help others dealing with the same feelings.”
That’s when she unknowingly started down the path to what would one day become the Lisa Scott Funeral Home, P.A. in Havre De Grace, Maryland.
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