Friday, September 28, 2001

Cemetery rule revisited

Ban on grave mementoes upsets relatives

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        UNION TOWNSHIP — A group of Clermont County residents who have family buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery hope to reach a compromise with at least one township trustee tonight on rules governing the cemetery grounds.

        The residents were upset when signs went up recently at the cemetery gates telling people to remove all objects from grave sites.

        The cemetery, on Mount Moriah Drive, is operated by the township. Township officials said they had received complaints from other mourners about too many items — mementoes such as pictures and balloons — being left at grave sites.

        More than two dozen other people attended an emotional meeting Tuesday complaining about the restrictions.

        “To be told we can't leave things is not fair,” Debbie Haussler told the trustees.

        “We're being told we can't grieve the way we want to grieve.”

        Her husband, Jimmy Haussler, who died January 2000 of a heart attack, is buried at Mount Moriah.

        Residents at the meeting also complained about headstones being damaged by crews mowing the grass.

        Trustee Carl Walker invited the residents to form a committee of representatives to meet with him and someone from the service department tonight. “We'll sit down and fashion some rules and regulations we can live with,” he said.

        “We'll make it work,” added Trustee Art Wiedenbein.

        Ms. Haussler said her two children find it too hard to visit their father's grave, so they make items instead for her to leave there.

        “Leaving these things is part of our grieving,” she said.


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