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Daughter mourns her mother at the wrong grave for 17 years

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A daughter has spoken of her distress after discovering that she had been mourning at the wrong grave for 17 years.

Bungling cemetery staff in Burnley, Lancashire, told Catherine Haywood that her mother Cathy's ashes had been buried 500 yards away from where they actually were.

And it was Catherine herself who realised the error had been made, when she wanted to scatter her father's ashes alongside her mother's last month.

Catherine, 60, has urged other families to double-check the location of their plots to avoid similar errors - though she says her mother would 'be laughing at this'.

She regularly visited the plot where she thought her mother was, and was devastated to discover the mistake.

Former carer Catherine said: 'When I learned I'd been going to the wrong grave all that time I felt sick. But I felt numb at first, I didn't cry until I scattered my dad's ashes.

'The most upsetting thing is that my father was going there all those years to the wrong site, thinking it was her ashes there. He was devastated by my mum's death.

'Standing in front of the new plot didn't feel right.

'We don't want to get anyone in trouble, it's a human error, I'm just telling this story so that people might want to check to spare more years of going to the wrong place. We're not blaming anyone.'
When her mother died of stomach cancer in May 1994 aged 71, Catherine and her family said their goodbyes with a funeral service before arranging for a crematorium worker to bury her ashes at Burnley Crematorium.

'Three days after the funeral one of the workers took us to the site,' Catherine said. 'We also had a plaque in the crematorium, but knowing her ashes are there makes it special.

'It's exactly the same as knowing where someone's buried. It was the same as going to a grave.'

In the period after her mother's death, Catherine visited the grave every day, and ever since has been making monthly visits.

After their father, Joseph, died in a road accident aged 84 in February last year, Catherine and her brother Stuart planned to lay him to rest with his beloved wife.

But when they finally prepared to scatter the ashes on their mother's resting place last month, they were led to a different plot and the truth emerged.

Catherine said, 'When I went to scatter the ashes with the crematorium worker I walked past to my mum's plot and he said, "Where are you going?" He had a piece of paper and told me it was there.

'I've been unsettled since then, I've not been sleeping. It was just so distressing.

'I'm doing this so that other people can check where their families are. We can't be the only ones.

'It makes me sad to think I'd been walking past where she actually was all these years. But then I thought, maybe I've been spending time with the ashes of somebody who had nobody. Luckily we had the plaque. She'd be laughing at this.'

Burnley Council bereavement manager Cameron Collinge said: 'We apologise for any distress this has caused. Because the original information was given so many years ago we can't know why it's happened but we've done all we can to sort the situation out once we were made aware of the confusion.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031734/Daughter-mourned-mother-wrong-grave-TWO-DECADES-cemetery-blunder.html#ixzz1WmcKWAZt




Dublin: Locals object to proposal for burial site

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A PROPOSAL to build a graveyard and crematorium at the foot of the Dublin Mountains has attracted more than 80 objections. The development, planned for land on the Ballycorus Road at Kilternan, also received 24 supportive submissions, including one from Dublin county sheriff, John Fitzpatrick, who is a local resident. The 10-acre Kilternan Burial Ground and Crematorium Park, being proposed by Hantise Ltd Ashman Properties Ltd, is on land that was formerly part of a lead mine and processing plant.

Parker praises progress as region’s first crematorium nears completion

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THE region’s first crematorium will begin operations in mid-November with construction running ahead of schedule. And the operations director of the company behind the development revealed he has been inundated with enquiries from funeral directors and ministers who are keen to see the £2.6million project, next to Wairds Cemetery in the lee of the Eildon Hills, completed. “That response has been most heartening,” said Adrian Britton of Briston-based Westerleigh, the UK’s second largest crematorium operator.

El Crucero decide en septiembre si continúa adelante con su recurso

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La Asociación Vecinal acusa el desgaste de cuatro años de pleitos judiciales para evitar que se instale en la zona el controvertido crematorio que la tiene enfrentada con el Ayuntamiento Los vecinos del barrio El Crucero siguen pensando que el cambio de suelo «ha sido una estrategia del Ayuntamiento» para poder reabrir el polémico crematorio, aunque también reconocen que se encuentran en «un punto muerto» en sus reclamos y en su lucha por intentar impedir que Servicios Funerarios de Miranda proceda a la reapertura. Eso es lo que manifiesta Leticia Ruiz de Arcaute, de la propia Asociación de Vecinos. «De momento las únicas novedades judiciales son las que todo el mundo conoce, no ha habido más movimiento, pero en septiembre nos reuniremos con el abogado para ver qué decisión tomábamos, si seguimos adelante o nos dábamos por vencidos»

C’è il via libera per rotatoria e crematorio

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LUNEDì L’APPROVAZIONE È di quasi tre milioni di euro la spesa prevista per le due opere nella frazione di Muscoli CERVIGNANO Via libera alla nuova rotatoria di Muscoli collegata all'impianto di cremazione. Hanno i giorni contati le due opere previste nella frazione cervignanese: sia la rotonda che il crematorio dovranno infatti essere approvati definitivamente nel consiglio comunale di lunedì sera.

Incentivare gli impianti di cremazione

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Già nel 2001 lo Stato invitava le regioni ad elaborare un piano regionale di coordinamento, ma la Sicilia è indietro. Di appena un anno fa la lr 18/2010 per dare applicazione agli artt. 2 e 19 della Costituzione Nell’ultimo ventennio in Italia, grazie alla legge 30 marzo 2001, n. 130 recante “Disposizioni in materia di cremazione e dispersione delle ceneri” si sta assistendo ad un progressivo aumento di quanti ricorrono alla cremazione per dare l’ultimo addio ai loro cari. Solo in Sicilia questo dato stenta a crescere.

Krematorium Suhl: Feierhalle in neuem Gewand

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Nach umfassender Sanierung steht die große Feierhalle auf dem Hauptfriedhof ab sofort wieder für Trauerfeiern zur Verfügung. Hell fällt das Sonnenlicht durch die großen Fenster an der Seitenfront ins Innere der Feierhalle. Eine gelbe, eine blaue und eine rote Scheibe verleihen dem Tageslicht in Kombination mit der künstlichen Beleuchtung eine ganz besondere Atmosphäre. Die hellen Wände bilden einen angenehmen Kontrast zum anthrazit gefliesten Fußboden und den neuen, holzfarbenen Stühlen.

Tests show no illegal drugs in Winehouse body

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Her father said she had beaten her drug dependency. Amy Winehouse had no illegal drugs in her system when she died, and it is still unclear what killed the singer, her family said Tuesday. The family said in a statement that toxicology tests showed "alcohol was present," but it hasn't yet been determined if it contributed to her death. The 27-year-old soul diva, who had battled drug and alcohol addiction for years, was found dead in her London home on July 23, and an initial post-mortem failed to determine the cause of death.

Webcast service for Bramcote crematorium

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GRIEVING friends and relatives can now attend the funeral of a loved in at Bramcote Crematorioum from anywhere in the world thanks to an internet broadcast service. The crematorium used by Broxtowe Borough Council is one of the first in the East Midlands to offer the facility and has held five broadcasts so far, allowing people to take part from Thailand and Tasmania so far. Family and friends with access to the internet can go online from anywhere in the world to watch a service in real-time or whenever is convenient up to 10 days after a ceremony has taken place and even participate in the event. The service costs £36.

Anche Asti avrà il suo crematorio

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Via libera per la realizzazione di un tempio nel cimitero cittadino di Viale Don Bianco Asti realizzerà un tempio per la cremazione delle salme. Il via libera è arrivato dalla giunta qualche giorno fa: i costi di costruzione saranno di circa 1 milione di euro e i lavori dovrebbero essere terminati per marzo 2012. Il tempio dovrebbe ridurre i costi funerari di quanti vorrebbero farsi cremare e cercare di dare un po di "respiro" al cimitero ormai prossimo all'esaurimento. In Italia la cremazione di cadaveri, nel corso del 2007, si è avvicinata alle 60.000 unità (per la precisione 58.554 unità, su un numero di decessi di quasi 570.601. Incide, pertanto nel 10,3 % del totale delle sepolture.
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