Mum wants cemetery rules publicised more
Personal items removed from grave of her son
A BEREAVED mother is urging her parish council to warn people of its cemetery rules after ornaments were removed from her son’s grave.
Karen Fisher, 59, was upset to find decorative animal models which she placed on her son’s plot at the Garden of Rest in Chalfont St Peter had been moved last week.
Chalfont St Peter Parish Council removed the items as they broke its ‘laid to lawn’ policy, which means the plots in section K and future sections at the cemetery will be largely grassed over.
The rules leave a planting area of 24in by 12in, most of which is taken up by a plinth and headstone.
Mrs Fisher, of Leachcroft, said: “I have got two inches after that plinth to plant anything and I found it absolutely disgusting we are treated like this. The parish council are supposed to look after the people and they are not doing this.
“I want them to tell people before they bury relatives in Chalfont St Peter Garden of Rest what they can and cannot do with the graves.”
The police collected the items, which included toys of a frog, chicken, bird and a plaque with words from the parish council office, and returned them to Mrs Fisher.
The office informed her the ornaments were available for collection.
Mrs Fisher, whose 36-year-old son Barry died three years ago on Boxing Day, added: “I just cannot go up there any more. It is his anniversary on Boxing Day and we all go up there and have a drink with him but I can’t do it.
“They have left me with nothing.”
the council promised to place signs distinguishing where the graves are so people do not step on them. The council denies promising this but says it is looking into the possibility of signs.
Parish councillor Karen Dickson said Mrs Fisher is ‘one of only three who still object’ to the policy and did not purchase the grave so did not agree to the rules.
She said the haywarden moved the ornaments back to the headstone 13 times in three weeks before removing them.
Mrs Dickson added: “I can assure you that the PC staff is handling this awkward issue as sensitively and as professionally as we can.”