Grave pro­test­ers ig­nored by parish

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

RE: ‘Strong feel­ings over grave plan’ (page 11, Ad­ver­tiser, Oc­to­ber 2) I CAN­NOT be­lieve that we are still fight­ing to get the rules changed [con­cern­ing] the grass­ing over of graves in plot K.

My fa­ther was only buried up in the ceme­tery in May 2014 and we were obliv­i­ous to th­ese rules.

Why should a griev­ing fam­ily have to read the small print on a doc­u­ment they sign, or do their own re­search prior to bury­ing their loved one who un­ex­pect­edly died aged 60.

Hav­ing spo­ken to the un­der­taker who works in the vil­lage, they were un­aware of such rul­ings when they helped us plan my fa­ther’s fu­neral.

We are all griev­ing and the coun­cil are not mak­ing things any eas­ier for us.

We have given many sug­ges­tions and of­fered to buy our own pub­lic li­a­bil­ity in­surance to al­low us to main­tain the plot, but they still say no. Yet they have the cheek to keep their backs to peo­ple at the meet­ing who at­tended to dis­cuss this mat­ter.

I urge any­one to go up to plot K and see how well main­tained all the graves are.

The sense of com­mu­nity is so ev­i­dent among the peo­ple vis­it­ing K plot.

Peo­ple help to main­tain the other graves to the ones they are vis­it­ing, wa­ter­ing flow­ers and, as some­one so kindly did for us the other day, trim­ming the grass edge by my fa­ther’s grave to give it a more de­fined shape.

Many times I have wit­nessed peo­ple bring­ing their own lawn mow­ers and strim­mers to main­tain the over­grown grass by their loved ones’ plots in the older ar­eas. In the older sec­tions, graves have crum­bled and stones have fallen in the ground.

Why not main­tain this sec­tion first rather than a well kept and pre­sented plot like plot K?

AMIE THOMP­SON

Ayles­bury (Born and raised in Chal­font St

Peter)

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