Toddler's Headstone Is Removed By Town After A Family Complained

Sep 16, 2019 by apost team

Jo Corbett-Weeks, a grieving mother from Malvern, UK was distraught when discovering the removal of her four-year-old son's tombstone following the complaint of a local family.

Max Corbett-Weeks died at the young age of four due to complications from severe epilepsy.

According to the Daily Mail, the 42-Year-Old had raised over £3000 in order to purchase a custom made tombstone complete with a star, teddy bear and poem. The tombstone was erected on what would have been the boys 7th birthday.

Three days later, a local family filed a complaint with the Malvern Council, stating that the tombstone did not match the aesthetic of the rest of the graveyard. Max was buried in an adult section of the Great Malvern Cemetery in order for him to be buried close to other deceased relatives.

The Malvern Town Council reacted to the complaint by forcibly removing the tombstone as they too deemed it ‘not fitting’ for the Adult cemetery. They released the following statement:

“We have a conformity of shapes in our lawn cemetery. We were contacted by people who objected to the shape. The longer it stayed up, the harder the process would have been. It was a very difficult decision to remove it but one we had to make straight away. 

...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. By not following the correct process he has caused considerable distress to both families.”

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