Cemetery removes grave decorations - WNEM TV 5

Cemetery removes grave decorations

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TAYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Local families said groundskeepers went through and removed all the grave decorations without notifying anyone.

They got rid of everything from potted flowers to cement benches, and that made family members upset. Now they want to know what the township officials have to say about it.

"I am just devastated," Kris Taylor said.

Officials removed items from her infant son's grave and those items had been there since he passed, Taylor said.

"They were there for the past 17 years and there has never been a problem," she said.

It's what the township did with those items at Cook Cemetery, run by Taymouth Township, that made Jeremy Smith so furious. 

"Oh I am upset. This is wrong. They just dumped them into a pile," he said.

Smith and about a half dozen others sifted through the pile of broken statues, cracked nameplates and trampled flowers, desperately looking for the items they bought to place beside their loved one's grave. 

Township officials told TV5 there are rules against having certain items next to graves. They said the township placed an ad in the Birch Run Herald warning family members to remove unapproved items.

TV5 did confirm the township ran an ad in the Birch Run Herald, but that didn't help residents who said they don't get that paper in their area.  

Many of these family members said they're not sure what could make this situation better, but an apology from Taymouth Township officials would be a good start. 

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