Two years not long enough to mourn

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

Let­ter RE: ‘Ral­ly­ing call on grave changes’ (page 3, Ad­ver­tiser, Oc­to­ber 9) IT seems that the parish coun­cil is still go­ing ahead with the pur­ported laid to lawn pol­icy, de­spite com­plaints from griev­ing rel­a­tives and protests from their parish­ioners, which they are choos­ing to ig­nore.

I per­son­ally find it com­fort­ing and ther­a­peu­tic to tend to the flow­ers on my hus­band’s grave as it helps in part of the griev­ing process.

What they pro­pose is, in my opin­ion, in­de­cently too soon as it will be less than two years since my hus­band passed away when they plan to seed his plot,

I feel this is no time at all to grieve some­one close to you.

The coun­cil has of­fered a plant­ing area near to K plot, which I per­son­ally feel is an in­sult – if that area is for 84 rel­a­tives then we would be lucky to get an inch each. It is also not where my hus­band is.

They state it is for health and safety is­sues and in­surance pur­poses that we are not al­lowed to care for our own plots, yet we are al­lowed to tend a plant­ing area close by – this does not make sense.

The coun­cil also chose to ig­nore our pe­ti­tion of more than 400 sig­na­tures be­cause some of them were from out of the area, yet they al­low buri­als of peo­ple out of the area – surely it is there­fore rea­son­able that their fam­i­lies and rel­a­tives would also live out of the area!

All I ask is that we are al­lowed to main­tain and keep K plot look­ing well cared for as it is now and if we de­fault in any way then they give us no­tice that they will lawn/seed the area.

SALLY GOMME Fleet­wood Close Chal­font St Giles

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