'Leave us to grieve as we see fit'

PUBLISHED: 10:35 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 15 June 2010

In response to Mr Herridge's letter of September 3 we also received a standard letter from St Michael's re our daughter's grave. We did remove a piglet figure and a lantern and left a small butterfly light. This was removed and a six inch stake that i

In response to Mr Herridge's letter of September 3 - we also received a standard letter from St Michael's re our daughter's grave.We did remove a piglet figure and a lantern and left a small butterfly light. This was removed and a six inch stake that it sat in was left. Where is the health and safety in this?Friends and family visit on a regular basis, leaving flowers and other tributes for our daughter, which greatly helps our grieving process. We do monitor these and remove as appropriate. These gifts are not easily seen from the path and don't seem to offend anyone. We do, however, receive comments on how lovely the churchyard is.This treatment by a small minority of people seems callous and cruel. Please leave us to grieve as we seem fit.Michelle and Neil Williamsn With all of the troubles in today's world, is it really necessary to further upset already grieving families? I have a much loved grandaughter at St Michael's. As a family, we tend her grave often and, in her memory, keep it as bright and cheerful as "she was in life". To see the lanterns shining at night gives a feeling of comfort: this it what we wish for our loved ones.St Michael's is a very well kept, well tended graveyard. What a pity that this unpleasantness has come about to spoil it.WENDY HILLMount ViewFeniton


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