From Dawn Drake
I do not understand what gives the people that run cemeteries the right to remove things from peoples’ graves – things that have been there for five-plus years. For example, small flag poles, Shepherd’s hooks with lanterns and bracelets, handmade items, saying stones and artificial flowers that were in vases up on the stones. These are things family and friends have put out there to remember the person, and they were just taken without notice. I see no reason these things should have been removed at all, as they weren’t bothering anyone and they have been there for a long time. Then to remove them off some of the graves, but not all isn’t right either. I have several family members at one particular cemetery, and am very upset at the removal of these items.
I think that they need to focus on resetting the stones that have been hit with lawn mowers a year or two ago, instead of that falling back as the families’ responsibility. We didn’t hit them and knock them clear off their bases. I feel like the people who did this need to think about what they have done, how they have hurt the family and friends of the people and stop doing this.
Just leave things alone, especially when they are in vases and up next to the stone.