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Mother fights back after son's headstone is removed
February 10, 2017
A grieving mother is angry after the gravestone she selected for her 4-year-old son was ordered to be removed by officials in Melvern, Worcestershire, according to The Daily Mail.
Jo Corbett-Weeks, 42, is fighting for her son's memory after officials at the Great Malvern Cemetery ordered the star-shaped gravestone she'd purchased be taken down because it didn't conform to the other markers in the burial park, according to The Daily Mail's 2015 story.
Max Corbett-Gardener died in 2013 at the age of 4 from epilepsy complications. His mother said she waited a couple years to buy the stone until she felt ready. "It would have been his seventh birthday ... and this was like a birthday present to him from me. I chose a star-shaped stone because I wanted something suitable for Max," Corbett-Weeks told reporters according to the BBC News.
Officials say another family complained about the star because it didn't fit in with the "adult" section of the cemetery. Corbett-Weeks chose to bury her son closer to family members instead of the children's section, according to The Daily Mail.
Officials claim they didn't necessarily object to the shape but that procedure was not followed. "We have conformity of shapes in our lawn cemetery. The stonemason in this situation did not have permission to put the stone up — and the stone is not in keeping with the graves in that area," a spokesman said according to the Daily Mail.