Grieving families distraught after memorials removed from Cumbrian crematorium
Last updated at 11:48, Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Grieving families have hit out after memorials to loved ones were removed from a crematorium.
A councillor has labelled the decision “appalling”, after several people took to Facebook to vent their fury. They revealed that various tributes, including babies’ teddies, were taken away at Distington Hall Crematorium.
Copeland council, which runs the crematorium, says there are signs which clearly state that no memorial objects are to be placed in the grounds – and any that are will be removed.
But the authority has been accused of “lacking respect” for the deceased and their families.
Gillian Strickland wrote on the social networking site: “My darling dad passed away three years ago and his grandchildren placed a little robin on a tree that we planted with permission and they have removed it.
“On visiting the crematorium office I was devastated to find it in a black recycle box along with numerous other memorials – in fact about 10 of these boxes full.
“Good old Copeland Council again – not even respecting the deceased or the devastated families left behind.”
Susan Head King said all memorials to babies had also been removed and that she was told to lay flowers on the grass.
“I suggest Copeland Borough Council takes a good look at the grass,” she added. “Many areas where families did lay their flowers is now a wilderness.”
Brian Dixon, Distington ward councillor for Copeland Council, said he was “appalled” to hear about the latest situation.
He said: “When people are paying money to respect their loved ones, the council has a moral obligation to treat them in a courteous manner.”
Keith Parker, Copeland council’s head of neighbourhoods, said: “Floral tributes can be left in the Chapel.
“However, we do not permit memorials in the grounds themselves and have signs to let people know we will remove items that are left, which is undertaken after a short period.”
First published at 11:29, Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Let the living look after the living and the dead look after the dead. The main chapel inside looks great but the courtyard and the grounds are a disgrace.
Copland don`t respect the living let a lone the ones that have passed away, once they have been payed that's it. They don`t care, its sad but it`s true, but they could be a little more under standing...
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