September 11, 2018

Little boy’s headstone removed because of single complaint

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A council removed Max Corbett-Gardener's headstone because the shape was not conforming with the cemetery rules.

In 2013, the four-year-old boy from Malvern in Worcestershire passed away due to complications with his epileptic condition, as reported by BBC News.

Max had been a special boy, and his mother, Jo Corbett-Weeks and other family members decided to give him the best send-off they could.

Jo began saving money to create the best memory for her late child. After raising enough money, she purchased a star-shaped headstone with a teddy bear hugging it.



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According to her, that headstone showed how unique Max had been. "I chose a star-shaped stone because I wanted something suitable for Max - something personal. This stone is just so perfect for my poor little chap," Jo said.

The mother planned for the erection of the headstone on the grave on Max’s 7th birthday.

She was very satisfied, but her satisfaction was short-lived when the Malvern Town Council removed the headstone three days later.

Jo was hurt because she had spent three years saving to pay the loan for the headstone.


She said that the council didn't even inform her of what they planned to do. It was the stonemason who contacted her and told her of what was occurring. He said that the council had commanded him to remove the headstone.

"I feel upset, distressed and angry. We have been through so much as a family. I could understand if the grave was uncared for or unsightly, but it isn't," Jo said.


Attempting to know the reason for their actions, she decided to reach out to the council.

"We have a conformity of shapes in our lawn cemetery," the council explained. "We were contacted by people who objected to the shape. The longer it stayed up, the harder the process would have been. It was a very difficult decision to remove it but one we had to make straight away."


The council continued that the stonemason who had erected the headstone didn't have the authorization to do so.

Jo and her family were forced to re-live the misery they felt when Max died.

The council, however, told her to help out. They have started working with their family in redesigning Max's headstone, making sure it complied with the rules, Jumble Joy reported.