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Cemetery bench concerns voiced

Posted on September 26, 2018 by Taber Times
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I sent my concerns to the town earlier this summer, and have had no response whatsoever involving an issue I had at the cemetery.

I fully realize this has been debated in the past, but I was unaware of it until my last visit. I find this very disturbing, and would like to see more debate, as you know, times are changing.

My name is Sheila Lord (Boyle). I recently visited the cemetery in Taber, for my mother and father in-law’s interment (former fire chief Bill Lord, and Joyce Lord). I of course went to visit my Mom and Dad, Stuart and Margaret Boyle, and was surprised and extremely disappointed to see such a controversial Pro Life resting bench, two of them, beside the columbarium.

I believe your bylaws state that memorials shall not offend. I understand everyone has an opinion about this issue, but a cemetery is certainly not the place to voice them. My father (former mayor of Taber) would have been appalled! He was a kind, non-judgmental, accepting and loving man, and I’m sure this would be upsetting to him, as it is to our whole family.

SHEILA LORD

One response to “Cemetery bench concerns voiced”

  1. Sworr says:

    The message on the resting benches within the cemetary is inappropriate and may be offensive to some visitors.
    People visiting any cemetary hope to find a peaceful enviroment. Advertising of any nature intrudes on the peace & tranquility of the cemetary.
    When a bench is donated it would be more appropriate to place a small engraved plaque on the back of the bench recognizing & thanking the benifactor.
    I sincerely hope that the Town of Taber will remove the message from these benches.

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