Grass­ing over is long over­due

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I UN­DER­STAND that a small but vo­cif­er­ous mi­nor­ity of be­reaved rel­a­tives are ob­ject­ing to the ‘lay­ing to lawn’ of K Sec­tion of the Chal­font St Peter Gar­den of Rest. As the owner of one of the af­fected plots, I am writ­ing to record my support for the coun­cil and con­firm my de­sire that the long-stand­ing plans to grass over the plots are fi­nally car­ried out.

My fa­ther was laid to rest in K Sec­tion in Au­gust 2011; it was ex­plained to us clearly when we were look­ing for a burial plot, that the coun­cil in­tended to grass over the plots after a suit­able pe­riod had elapsed for set­tle­ment. Those plans were in­flu­en­tial in our choice of the Gar­den of Rest as his fi­nal rest­ing place and it has al­ways has been our de­sire to see the plot grassed over, with a small area left for a head­stone or other suit­able memo­rial. My only re­gret is that the work has not been com­pleted sooner.

I de­plore the in­ter­fer­ence and rude man­ner of a few be­reaved rel­a­tives, some of whom have ac­costed my el­derly mother and com­plained of the state of my fa­ther’s grave. I par­tic­u­larly re­sent those who seem to feel it their duty to place flow­ers on or oth­er­wise in­ter­fere with my fa­ther’s grave; it is none of their business and they are caus­ing un­nec­es­sary grief by in­ter­fer­ing in a very per­sonal mat­ter.

I and my fa­ther’s re­main­ing rel­a­tives are very keen to see the coun­cil’s plans car­ried out and for his fi­nal place of rest to be given the re­spect and dig­nity he de­serves and main­tained in ac­cor­dance with his fam­ily’s wishes.

TI­MOTHY COS­GROVE Or­chard Drive, Wat­ford

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