Email ‘to dead hus­band’ up­sets fam­ily

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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