From Jill Tizzard
Sir, - Further to the report "Reserved grave space: ruling" (News, 10 April): in 2011,
my aunt, aged 90, was buried in a small village in Hampshire, where
she had lived throughout her life. The plot was situated in a
parish-council-run cemetery, which abuts the local churchyard.
(When space ran out in the churchyard, ground was acquired by the
council, which now administer both areas.)
Two weeks after the committal, I was contacted, to be told that
my aunt had inadvertently been buried in a reserved grave, and the
body would have to be exhumed. Despite being offered alternative
adjacent plots, the family, who had reserved the space, insisted on
their rights, and we were advised that we had little choice but to
Members of our family asked to be present when the body was
moved, but, on arriving at the given time, found that a mini digger
had already been employed, and that the coffin, which had been
damaged, had been placed in the new grave.
Obviously, distress was caused not only to members of our
family, but also to those who had reserved the plot, and to the
unfortunate person who had mistakenly allocated the original
I hope that this letter might further explain, to any who feel
aggrieved at being unable to reserve burial plots, the wisdom of
the Grappenhall PCC's decision.
Chy Tresor, Cambrian Way
Ceredigion SA43 2BW