Just look at the state of my father's grave

Echo: Just look at the state of my father's grave Just look at the state of my father's grave

A DAUGHTER is demanding answers over the state of her dad’s grave, claiming it has been left looking like a “clay pit”.

Julie Moody, 48, says she is disgusted about Geza Horvath’s grave after flowerpots and ornaments were removed from Pitsea New Cemetery, in Basildon.

Mrs Moody also says another person has been buried too close to her dad’s grave.

It is the second time she has had to complain, as in April last year, she alleged her dad was buried in the wrong plot.

She said: “It’s absolutely disgusting and has just been one thing after another.

“When you are buried, you expect to get some respect and my father has not had that.

“We went down on Monday and couldn’t believe what we saw.

“All of his snowdrops and primroses have been removed, as well as his ornaments.

“It’s clay soil so my sister had been taking top soil to make it look better and all of that had been removed, too.

“They have also buried another man next to my dad and there is just no space between them.

It’s turned it into a clay pit.

“We came away absolutely sickened.”

Mrs Moody, from Rugby, first complained in April when she said Mr Horvath, 78, of Basildon, was buried in the wrong plot.

Basildon Council, which runs the cemetery, has denied the claims.

Mrs Moody said: “We didn’t realise at the funeral, because we were obviously distraught.

“But we asked questions and then the council finally told us in a letter what it had done, a month later.

“We’re just devastated by all of this.”

A council spokesman asked the family to get in touch to discuss their issues.

He said: “A burial took place recently near to Mr Horvath's grave and, to allow access to the new plot, some ornaments from nearby graves would have been removed and then replaced.

“We appreciate this is a sensitive issue and may cause distress.

“However, it is common practise and has to be done to allow new burials to take place.

“In terms of burying in the wrong plot, we do not allocate specific plots for new graves and would not have allocated a plot for Mr Horvath.

“The new grave has not been placed too close to nearby graves.

There is an average four foot gap between most graves at the cemetery.”

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12:06pm Fri 17 Jan 14

whataday says...

Sounds very distresssing.
Doesn't look as though there's 4 foot gap between graves from the angle of the photo
Sounds very distresssing. Doesn't look as though there's 4 foot gap between graves from the angle of the photo whataday

12:20pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Yes it does look a mess, though perhaps they are awaiting delivery of some pieces of turf ?, as for the closeness, how much room does a coffin need?
Yes it does look a mess, though perhaps they are awaiting delivery of some pieces of turf ?, as for the closeness, how much room does a coffin need? Nowthatsworthknowing

2:43pm Fri 17 Jan 14

w-jback says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Yes it does look a mess, though perhaps they are awaiting delivery of some pieces of turf ?, as for the closeness, how much room does a coffin need?
Well you wouldn't want to be in touching distance.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Yes it does look a mess, though perhaps they are awaiting delivery of some pieces of turf ?, as for the closeness, how much room does a coffin need?[/p][/quote]Well you wouldn't want to be in touching distance. w-jback

4:19pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Steve H says...

With all respect, it is Winter and we have had rain of biblical proportions, this is bound to be a problem if there are works going on adjacent to the grave. This type of work cannot be postponed and if not next to this grave it would be next to someone else's. A sprinkle of grass seed now and by the Spring it will look fine.
With all respect, it is Winter and we have had rain of biblical proportions, this is bound to be a problem if there are works going on adjacent to the grave. This type of work cannot be postponed and if not next to this grave it would be next to someone else's. A sprinkle of grass seed now and by the Spring it will look fine. Steve H

4:56pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Druggie Scumbag says...

....................
....the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the flowers that are strewed over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead.
(Charles Caleb Cotton)
.................... ....the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the flowers that are strewed over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead. (Charles Caleb Cotton) Druggie Scumbag

5:04pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

w-jback wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Yes it does look a mess, though perhaps they are awaiting delivery of some pieces of turf ?, as for the closeness, how much room does a coffin need?
Well you wouldn't want to be in touching distance.
Who wouldn't,?
[quote][p][bold]w-jback[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Yes it does look a mess, though perhaps they are awaiting delivery of some pieces of turf ?, as for the closeness, how much room does a coffin need?[/p][/quote]Well you wouldn't want to be in touching distance.[/p][/quote]Who wouldn't,? Nowthatsworthknowing

6:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

It won't be long before burial, is finished with, cremation being the only option, for body disposal, as the lands become needed for new builds.
It won't be long before burial, is finished with, cremation being the only option, for body disposal, as the lands become needed for new builds. Nowthatsworthknowing

7:10pm Sat 18 Jan 14

VanRes says...

It is my understanding that the cost of a burial has been very much increased over the last 5 years in Basildon as a way of driving people more towards the alternative due to the lack of burial spaces left.
Means that those who's religious believes mean a burial is a must will have to pay through the nose.
It is my understanding that the cost of a burial has been very much increased over the last 5 years in Basildon as a way of driving people more towards the alternative due to the lack of burial spaces left. Means that those who's religious believes mean a burial is a must will have to pay through the nose. VanRes

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