Change the heartbreaking regulations for the resting places of our dearly beloved.

Change the heartbreaking regulations for the resting places of our dearly beloved.

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Steven Teasdale started this petition to Diocese of Leeds and Ripon

My name is Mrs Pauline Teasdale, I live in Leeds, I have a grave at St Chads Church Headingley for my husband, but now heartbreaking regulations are forcing me to remove items that I've put on his grave.

I thought a cemetery was where you laid your loved ones to rest and then it was somewhere to go to "talk" to them and pay your respects. I go maybe twice a week, he has fresh flowers every week and nice small plants, I even cut my own grass around his grave and passers by always comment on how well I look after the grave. 

For 16 years I have had 6 wooden stakes and 5 white plastic chains around it to keep dogs, cats etc. from messing on it and pulling out the plants. At the beginning of December 2020, I received a letter to ask me to remove the stakes and chains, which I did straight away, but then we noticed that dogs were messing on it and digging the plants out, then came the snow and we then saw people were walking across the grave and cycling over it. 

It broke my heart when I saw this, I went straight and told the vicar and I put my wooden stakes and chains back around the grave, and I thought that was that and that was the end of it.

But last Friday the 25th June 2021, I received another letter advising me again that the wooden stakes and plastic chains had to be removed, it is not just my graves but others in the cemetery are having the same problems, they are even saying that you cannot have a polished headstone. 

I need people to support me on this so I can leave the grave as it is, with it's wooden stakes and plastic chains on, as it is no different from so many other cemeteries in Leeds. Please try to help me with this by signing this petition for me so I can leave my husband to rest in peace?

Please help me with this for me and my two sons, God Bless You. 

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