Family members disappointed immediately after bouquets eradicated from vases at cemetery


KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Families in the Kanawha Valley are speaking out after they acquired the bouquets they placed for their deceased beloved ones had been taken out from their tombstones.

“On November 9 we took my mother and father, mom-in-law and father-in-law’s flowers up. We went back a 7 days afterwards, and they were being gone,” Dianna and Tom Environmentally friendly explained. “Memorial Gardens claimed it was a cleanup course of action, but you never choose off new bouquets and they weren’t on the floor. They have been in their vases on the tombstones.”

The Greens are 1 of numerous family members that WSAZ spoke with about Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens cemetery in Glasgow. People say it was a issue of times that their fresh new flowers ended up eradicated and vases were turned upside down.

“I brought my son up below to see his (grandmother) for Thanksgiving because he’s actually close to (her), and (we came) up here and all the vases experienced been flipped upside down (with) all the flowers out of the vases,” Frankie Yeager informed WSAZ. “We are fed up with this graveyard. My mother will be useless three several years the 29th of this month, and I should not have to rejoice it like this and bring my kids up below, and they have to flip vases.”

Yeager gave WSAZ online video she took whilst in the cemetery, which reveals vases out of put at gravesites.

“There’s been vases damaged up here, headstones busted up here, trash, cigarettes butts, beer bottles, just all the things,” she said. “I wouldn’t bury my hen in this graveyard. At any time because StoneMor (Partners) took it about, it’s been pathetic.”

StoneMor Associates owns Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens and explained to WSAZ they are knowledgeable of some damaged granite and are hoping to get in contact with the families to fix it. They also pointed out that indicators had been posted, supplying people a heads up about an impending drop cleanup. Even so, the indicator specially states “any decorations not in a vase or on a headstone will be eliminated.”

Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Spring/Fall Flower Cleanup
Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens Spring/Drop Flower Cleanup(WSAZ)

“A 3rd bash vendor (is) contracted to do fall cleanups each 12 months. In some cases they clean up factors that really should be remaining. If everything is lacking that must not have been cleaned up, the family members can contact the workplace ideal right after the holiday getaway. At times they cleanse up items that really should be remaining. It relies upon on the policy of the site. They consider previous flowers out, if there was something that ought to not have been taken off, then we will get care of it,” Lindsay Granson, StoneMor Partner’s National Vice President of Income and marketing and advertising advised WSAZ.

Granson explained she will send our thoughts to the normal manager so he can access out to the families.

In June 2020, WSAZ investigated graveyard problems and uncovered that StoneMor owns much more than 30 properties in West Virginia, with at minimum 10 in our area.

1 thirty day period just before that investigation, WSAZ spoke with Yeager about her mother’s grave staying broken. Inside of several hours of WSAZ getting in touch with StoneMor about the injury, someone was sent out and the grave was fixed.

“I indicate, it is unfortunate you just cannot arrive up below and go to your liked ones without having possessing to go by way of all the drama,” Yeager mentioned.

“I have my mom, my father and my brother (buried there) and I place flowers on each and every time,” explained Jeff McClure in a assertion to WSAZ. “This is the to start with time in 4 years that I have known that the grave has been cleaned off like that. I paid $45 for flowers and I reside on a set cash flow. I genuinely think something wants to be completed about that.”

Kim Brogan, who lives in London, explained she has her mother, stepfather, grandparents and other family members buried in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens. She also, was stunned to find her new bouquets experienced disappeared.

“We just place new fall flowers on my grandparents, and they arrived by and took them all off,” Brogan claimed. “They have been fresh new, new flowers (and) my mom experienced a lantern that the boys set on her, and they took it off (too). It’s our cherished ones that (are) up there, and it’s all we have remaining to go to.”

Photo of flowers and flags at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens.
Picture of flowers and flags at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens.(WSAZ)

“It was just a few times soon after we place it on, I was hunting up at the cemetery and every little thing experienced been taken down,” Lynn Basford, who life in Glasgow, informed WSAZ. “I could not feel of all factors, Veterans Day — the flags ended up absent off of the veterans.”

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