Email ‘to dead husband’ upsets family
AN EMAIL has caused upset after it was accidentally addressed to the late husband of a widow involving a row about the cemetery in which he is buried.
The message sent on Monday by Chalfont St Peter Council clerk Debbie Evans to Ann Wallis said work has been halted for a day on plans to grass over graves in The Garden of Rest, because of bad weather.
However, Mrs Evans referred to Mrs Wallis as Mr Wallis, who is buried in section K of the cemetery.
Mrs Wallis has campaigned to keep her husband’s grave outside the ‘laid to lawn’ rules so she can tend the full plot, so the message angered her daughter Elizabeth Reed.
In a letter to the Advertiser, Mrs Reed wrote: “As if this wasn’t hard enough [the ‘laid to lawn’ policy], the response email my mother received was addressed to my late father. Talk about kicking us while we are down – unbelievable and shameful – I am dismayed.”
Mrs Evans, who unintentionally left off the ‘s’ in the title, admits the message was ‘hastily’ written.
She said: “I wrote back instantly and apologised.
“I was in no way being confrontational or trying to upset the lady.
“We are doing our utmost to try and be as accommodating to everybody as we can.”