Families Furious After Items Removed From Gravesites

  • 8/9/2018 9:44:54 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

BUCYRUS, OH - Families are distraught after Oakwood Cemetery's board of trustees approved the removal of items from gravesites without individually notifying plot owners.

While the policy of the cemetery is clear on what items have been allowed at graves, it has not been clearly enforced until this week. Photos surfaced on social media of piles of items, some in garbage bags and some loose, that had been removed from graves and left in an area where families could locate and remove them. People slowly trickled into the cemetery to locate their belongings, but many were not very happy about it.

"You don't do that," said an emotional Vicki Park, who was at the cemetery to collect the belongings of her sister's family. "It's hard to deal with. And it's hard to see people come in and dig for items that were special to them."

The policy of the cemetery has been in effect since May of 2017 and cites the safety of mower operators and passersby as the cause for the banning of certain items. Cemetery officials placed signage at the gates asking families to remove their own items a few weeks before staff cleared the plots themselves, but may not have had the time or resources to contact each of the hundreds of families who have buried loved ones there.

WMFD staff reached out to Oakwood trustees, but they have declined to comment.

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