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Decorations on grave.....update

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Maria Report 20 Jul 2008 22:03

Hi Taff,

I've just read through your thread. I don't know what advice I can add re the grave, I can understand how upset this must have made you, especially so soon after your daughters tragic passing.

Don't really have the words but I just wanted to say good luck with sorting this out, you're not making a fuss over nothing, and I hope this gets sorted ok for you.

PS Hope the grandsons didn't run you ragged too much yesterday.

Love & best wishes,

Maria x x x


Taff Report 20 Jul 2008 18:55

So sorry for your loss Rita.


Deanna Report 20 Jul 2008 17:03

Perhaps he could help you choose a headstone when you can afford it Taff?

But I have to admit that I too would be upset at the unasked for changes they have made... it is still all new and raw for you, so you can't cope with it, Bless you.
Deanna X


Taff Report 20 Jul 2008 16:52

Marilyn, the person who decorated my parents and daughters grave, may have well done it to the next gave as that has nothing on it, but a cross saying r.i.p.
I have to admit though, I have put a few flowers on it, from time to time as it looks unattended. Maybe i was out of order?


sealyham Report 20 Jul 2008 16:45

hi nothing on your scale but some one puts flowers on my dads grave
they will have a shock when they next go as my mum died and we buried her with dad so they will see that the head stone has been moved and the grave has been dug up
last xmas they put silk flowers on it
I cant get there as it is 2hr train journey but my cousin goes often and she lets me know but we dont know who puts the flowers there


Taff Report 20 Jul 2008 14:20

Daisy, thats up to the other grandparents, I will have enough cost with the headstone alone!! (I am on a fixed income). But I will suggest that!

Fresh as a Daisy

Fresh as a Daisy Report 20 Jul 2008 14:17

That is a really nice idea,a planter with their names on , maybe if you explain to him about the fence and toys but say you will have a planter made to order and he can pick the design and words I'm sure he will like that and it will be something special just from him and his brother



Taff Report 20 Jul 2008 14:16

Kay, someone is going to end up upset, thats for sure, but as the saying goes, you cant please all the people all the time!
But thanks for your input anyway! much appreciated!


Kay???? Report 20 Jul 2008 14:13


When you feel more calmer and able to discuss this perhaps talks with the other family can be done and some agreement made...........but I feel you need to give some space between what you found and anything more permament just yet,,,thats my just opinion,,,,,,,,

But you ,your family and grandsons are the main ones in this,,,but some compromise has to be reached for the sake of her sons also ,,,,,,,,,,just give your self some thinking space,&,do what you feel is right,,,,,,,,


Taff Report 20 Jul 2008 14:03

Daisy and kay, i am in total agreement with you both, if the adults want a lasting memorial to my daughter, couldnt they buy one of those stone plant holders with the names of the grandsons "to mum" from.............. put on them/?


Kay???? Report 20 Jul 2008 13:43


You have to be honest with the little man,,up to a point,,and say that its wonderful and you like it,,,,, ,,BUT,,they wont allow it,,perhaps would he like to choose one thing that they will allow,such as the little lantern?,,,or take him to choose something you feel more in keeping,,
he will maye understand more than given credit for,,,,,,,,

Maybe you can plan to take him shortly and sort it with him,?

Fresh as a Daisy

Fresh as a Daisy Report 20 Jul 2008 13:38

The toys won't last forever they will get ruined by the weather maybe then you could take your grandson with you and choose something more appropriate between you and if the Church says the fence and gravel have to go there will be an explanation for him which was out of your hands.If the toys are a comfort to him let them be.



Taff Report 20 Jul 2008 13:28

Thats the thing Daisy, but how much do I take away? I know the fencing, gravel and the picture will be removed, but as for the toys? where do I go there?

Fresh as a Daisy

Fresh as a Daisy Report 20 Jul 2008 13:23

Unfortunately caught up in all this is a 6yr old boy who probably doesn't even understand why his mum was taken from him ,it was very wrong of his cousin to do this and she should be made aware of the upset she has caused but will you cause more upset to your grandson by removing everything straight away and without him understanding why.

You are quite right to feel upset and angry but try and think about it from another perspective,what would you advise someone else in the same situation to do.You know the cousin has done wrong but will your grandson understand.



AnninGlos Report 20 Jul 2008 13:14

Taff, I can understand that.



Taff Report 20 Jul 2008 12:53

Ann, at this moment in time I couldnt have a "memorial" to my daughter in my back garden, as it would be too painfull for my sons and myself.
maybee in the the future yes!


AnninGlos Report 20 Jul 2008 12:47

Taff, yes I realised it was a cousin by in laws I meant his other grandmother I only said have it at your house because it would be easier than getting his other grandmother to do it and then he would 'visit' it as he does the grave. as you say it is an awful situation for you and must have added to your distress. I can't begin to imagine how you feel both at the loss of your daughter, and the circumstances and now this.



Taff Report 20 Jul 2008 12:41

Fresh as a daisy, at least your daughter had the perspective to answer your grand daughter responsibly!


Taff Report 20 Jul 2008 12:37

Ann, this wasnt a S.I.L it was my grandsons cousin!
I have my gransons nearly every weekend! And yes the eldest granson Is distressed as he was with her when she died, and couldnt get out of the house, he also wanted to look after his baby brother, who was still in her arms!
Awfull situation for everyone, and i have taken all this into account, I feel as he is being cared for by the other gran, the "memorial" should be at her house.

Fresh as a Daisy

Fresh as a Daisy Report 20 Jul 2008 12:34

My daughter lost her first baby and she is buried in our local churchyard,when her sister was born a few years later,as soon as she was old enough to understand she was told about the baby and often visits the grave with my daughter,there have been items in the news on the television and in our local papers about graves being decorated and she had asked her mum could they not do the same for her sister and my daughter had to explain that it wasn't allowed in our Church as they have to be able to cut the grass right up to the headstone.My granddaugter is only six now so it's just possible that like my granddaugter your grandson could have seen similar things on the news or in the papers and his cousin has got carried away with her suggestions instead of saying how about if we ask Grandma what she thinks.