Grave work shows ‘lack of respect’

IN response to the article about Jim McSweeney’s mum’s grave being covered with soil and rocks at Whitwood cemetery (Express March 1), a similar thing happened to my grandmother’s grave at Pontefract cemetery before Christmas.

The amount dumped on the grave was nowhere near as large as in Mr McSweeney’s case, but the lumps of clay and stones gave the appearance of a newly-dug grave and upset me and my sister very much.

I contacted the cemetery manager and was told it was common practice among the gravediggers to use any excess ‘soil’ from new graves to top up nearby sunken graves.

On being told the grave was neither sunken, the last interment being in 1977, or the substance dumped soil, the manager said he would be there when the grave was cleared to check, which offended me a lot.

I also complained that a rose tree my late mother had planted on the grave had gone, presumably squashed under the clay.

This seemed to prompt a change of heart, with the manager promising top soil for the grave and a new rose tree, both of which have been provided.

The upset this practice of disposing of excess grave waste is causing is terrible, a gross lack of respect to both the dead and their families.

MAUREEN BYRAM

Monkhill Avenue

Pontefract