This grieving mother saved over $4,000 to create a beautiful, customized headstone for her son who passed away 3 years ago due to severe epilepsy. To cope with her loss, she worked with a stone smith to forge an impressive monument to her son’s life. She had it created in honor of what would have been his seventh birthday, and was excited to see the new headstone erected over his final resting place.
Little Max had not been buried in the children’s area of the cemetery because his mother, Jo Corbett-Weeks, wanted him to lie close to family. But that area had strict rules regarding the look and shape of a headstone – something that was overlooked when the stone smith failed to submit a request to the council to approve the shape.
Because the council did not receive an application, they didn’t have the chance to deny it in the first place. Another family complained that the shape was not following the guidelines, and the council was forced to remove it just three days after it had been placed…never once calling the mother. She found out from the stone smith when he removed it.
The council clarified that the complaint was not about the child’s headstone, specifically, but was that the council appeared to be applying one rule to one family and denying others the same right.
The longer it stayed up, the harder the process would have been.” A council representative stated.
People are chiming in saying that it was most likely a complaint from a family who had their request denied in the past and were bitter towards the council.
The council is planning to meet with the mother soon to reach an agreement, and she is hoping to be able to put a stone to mark her son’s resting place as soon as possible.
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