|Posted on September 17, 2012 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
When a loved one passes suddenly or thru illness; the family is grieving and not prepared to handle funeral plans. The last thought of any family burying their deceased is the possibility of fraud and larceny being committed by the cemetery staff. As in my family's case, the cemetery staff changed the title deed by changing the burial plot. Our family saw our mother buried in one plot facing the opposite direction of where the cemetery staff placed the gravestone. We have fought in court, and the judge denied our motion due to our attorney's technical error, not due to our case. Now, we are seeking a new attorney to try to renew this case. This industry known as the death care industry is not regulated federally, only some states have regulations for public and private cemeteries. Unfortunately, if you bury a loved one in a religious cemetery, the state has no jurisdiction over the laws. The families are on their own, as I learned when I contacted Arch Diocese of NY. , in our specific case. Cemeteries around the US can charge outrageous fees to reopen a paid burial lot, even if there is a prepaid funeral package. If your family paid 5,000 for a funeral package plan with the plot. The sales person tells the client that there is no more fees involved only a onetime fee to reopen the plot if burying another person. Often, they fail to mention how much that fee which in many cases are as much as the burial plot itself. I was told by this cemetery that my family would have to pay 2750.00 for the plot to be opened, then I would to pay for a funeral director to remove the body from the grounds and then it bring back to cemetery. In addition, our family would have to get a court order, even if we did not make the mistake, to prove where our mother is located.It is difficult for families to think of these issues during their period of grief, but imagine not knowing where your mother is buried afterwards and the cemetery staff engaging in larceny of a 6,000 burial plot. This is what happened to our family, it has been difficult to keep attention to what has occured here. My suggestions for families burying a loved one is to get copies of the title deed when getting it back from the cemetery, get receipts, take photos the day of the funeral, take photos of the row sign and direction of where the deceased is buried. Take photos of the cemetery area in general, if there are construction material around or grave stones that are damaged. Keep funeral receipts and documents in order, make copies of all items.
|Posted on August 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
COPY and Paste Links onto browser, this is a compilation of many news stories around the US where cemeteries have made mistakes and committed fraud.
st raymonds storieshttp://www.bxtimes.com/stories/2009/16/doc49e7472f719fa451618715.html
|Posted on July 6, 2012 at 10:30 PM||comments (0)|
If you or a family, friend or anyone you know has a cemetery horror story concerning a mistake or fraud. Post comments here: Upload any photos you may have of ST raymonds cemetery. Contact by email or join my site.
|Posted on July 2, 2012 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
List of Agencies Links as Consumer resources regarding cemeteries and funeral parlors
List of articles regarding regulatory agencies in NY state
|Posted on October 18, 2011 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
This cemetery staff placed another cemetery label hiding the burial lot number 186. On October 4th, I went to visit grave and saw a marker placed on the burial lot 36 186. I thought to myself they buried another person there, so I checked closely. I couldn't believe what I saw, I saw the information on lot number 36 187 photocopied onto the marker on lot 36 186. The total disregard unsympathetic behavior from evil staff has really gotten personal. I think I know what their defense will be on October 31st, they will claim that someone is buried there. I have photos and I have the actual fake marker that was placed on lot 36 186. Find photo on photo page with caption.
|Posted on September 28, 2011 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
I started this blog and site to document and upload our case to the public about this cemetery and their abusive practices. There are no forums or sites dedicated to issues or problems dealing with unregulated religious cemeteries that answer to no laws other than health codes which every business must abide by. There are no remedies or funds set up to help families that have been victimized by these cemeteries which know that they do not have to do anything other than force the families to get a court order to begin the process. Often the families are left to prove and bear the expense of court orders and exhumation even if there is proof positive that the cemetery made the mistake.
This forum is an outlet for people to write their experiences about this horrible cemetery or any other cemetery around the country.
By bringing attention to this increasing problem around the US; Congress and state governments should pass legislation to regulate cemeteries in the US.
Write to your Congressman or Senator, this could happen to you or to anyone in your family. Unfortunately, like myself, no one paid any attention to this issue until the tragedy has hit home. Read my family's story on front of web page.