Chance to raise crematorium concerns

By David Newble

Thursday, May 29, 2014

 

PARENTS have been invited to an information evening at the Isle of Wight Crematorium to discuss plans for the memorial garden, including the Born Too Soon area.

The event will take place from 6pm next Thursday, June 5, and will give parents a brief history and purpose of the garden of remembrance and future options for improving and managing the area.

Earlier this month, the County Press highlighted concerns of distraught parents who discovered that memorials to their babies had been removed from graves and put into bin bags at the crematorium.

When they arrived to grieve for their loved ones, they found the Born Too Soon garden had been cleared.

Next Thursday’s meeting will outline current management and maintenance responsibilities and any issues that have been identified.

Cllr Phil Jordan, Isle of Wight Council executive member responsible for the crematorium said: "There have been reports in the local media recently about the memorial garden and there have been lots of rumours and inaccurate information about what the future plans are.

"It is important parents have the opportunity to speak directly to staff and management at the crematorium about the plans for the garden and raise any concerns they may have.

"The purpose of the evening is to outline what will be happening at the crematorium and how families can get involved and help shape its future. I would encourage anyone who has loved ones laid to rest at the memorial garden to come along to the evening so the council can discuss the proposals and show families how they can take part in any consultation."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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