Help stop Odiham Parish Council's plan for a lawned cemetery
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Last year was a year of incredible grief. My brother and sister both died of cancer within weeks of one another. Their wish was to be buried in Odiham as their parents had been before them. Odiham Parish Council are planning a lawned burial area, objective is that grave owners will have only a headstone. All items that grieving family members have placed in remembrance of their loved ones will be removed by the council if the grave owners fail to do so themselves. These things may not be to the taste of the parish council but they all have an important significance to the person who placed it there. This situation is causing me and my family immense stress and anxiety.The council does not appear to have any compassion and wrote to us instructing us to remove all items and level the grave only months after burying my brother and sister. The letter advised that the council would instruct contractors if we did not act on their instructions. This was the first Christmas without them and we wanted to mark their passing with a Christmas wreath. Even on this first anniversary and at Christmas. a time when individuals remember their family, the parish council wrote to us because they had noticed there were additional items on the grave and felt they should remind us of the rules.
Despite what they say, the council appears to have not contacted all of the living relatives of those individuals laid to rest at the cemetery as many other owners claim they have not had letters so why write only to us? This isn't fair. We are just a loving family that regularly visit the resting place of our loved ones, carefully and considerately tendering the grave. Neither the parish vicar or local MP want to help us. We live in fear that next time we visit the grave it may have been interfered with my the parish council. This is their resting place and is sacred. Please help us and others.
The Diocese of Winchester could step in and instruct the parish council to shelve their plans, please sign the petition to support us and others. Allow those at Odiham Cemetery to rest in peace.
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