St .Raymond's Cemetery Grave Mistake

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Anderson Cooper 60 minutes cemetery story

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Reply linda Gilkes
4:05 PM on May 23, 2012 
Saw the story on 60 minutes with Anderson Cooper. I have been complaining about the cemetery my parents are buried in for the past 3 years. I registered a complaint with the Attorney General in Brooklyn, N.Y.back in 2009. I filed the complaint with more than 60 signatures & have never gotten a response. ( Gilkes, et al vs. Linden Hill United Methodist Case #2009-799954 )

I have been very concerned about this cemetery for some time. I became suspicious when I spoke to a gentleman who was visiting from out of town & could not find his relatives gravesite. When I showed him how to determine the plot location he came back to tell me that a totally unrelated family & headstone was located in that plot. I later spoke to another man who told me he was unable to locate his mothers plot.

I am especially upset by the cemeterys' failure to maintain the land as outlined in the Perpetual Care "B" agreement. They continuallly fail to maintain the land , but they had the funds to reconstruct their office building.

Plot owners are charged a fee for perpetual care. If that fee is estimated for only 2 sections of the cemetery at only a 66% occupancy it would yield a fund in excess of $2..3 million. The land is in deplorable condition.

Secondly, few people read the entire contract when making their plot purchase. I reviewed mine to learn their obligation for perpetual care & was shocked to find that they claim the right to take back & re-sell any unused portion of the plot if you fail to pay an assesment (based on a 5 year review of the Corp. expenses) They also claim that "upon the death of an owner leaving no spouse or children, and the grave or lot not having been devised, same shall revert to the Corporation".

Who would knowingly agree to these terms? I never even suspected such a thing could happen.

A large percentage of the headstones are recent (1970 & newer) but in between there are a few very old headstones. I suspect this policy is the reason,

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