What do you think? Is leaving soil piled on graves at a Norwich cemetery reasonable?

Earlham cemetery grave with soil on it: Family submitted picture Earlham cemetery grave with soil on it: Family submitted picture

Monday, September 24, 2012
11:23 AM

We want to know your thoughts on today’s story about a Norwich widow being left upset after discovering huge mounds of soil covering her husband’s grave.

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Joyce Fulcher was faced with the distressing scene during a weekly visit to the grave of her husband, Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Fulcher, at Earlham cemetery.

Mrs Fulcher believes it was ‘very disrespectful’ but Norwich City Council, which manages Earlham cemetery, has said it is usual for soil to be deposited on surrounding graves during the digging process in parts of the cemetery where access was restricted.

The soil had been dug up on a Thursday and left piled on Mr Fulcher’s grave for four days ahead of a Monday funeral.

Do you think it is an unfortunate necessity for the cemetery? Or is it a situation that should be avoided at all costs?

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10 comments

  • How disrespeactful of Norwich City Grave Diggers. How would they feel if it were their relative? Hope they pay Mrs Fulcher some compensation although thsi won't help with the upset they have caused her and her family.

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    sibs Wesley

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • What should they do? Use a small trailer or a large barrow. You don't think they dig these out by hand anymore do you? They use mini diggers in my local "dead centre" People pay for cemetery plots and burials and should be able to expect cemetery workers to look after them-if heaps of earth dumped like this disturb the headstone, the relatives of the deceased will have to fork out for re settling it. This is just done to make a job easier. But then what sort of respect can we expect from a council which allowed Chapelfield to trample all over the graves in the churchyard there.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • If Mr Fulcher's grave was tended to on a weekly basis I am wondering what was on it. Did Mrs Fulcher plantplace flowers on there regularly? If so, she was obviously wanting to give her husband as good a "home" as she did while he was alive. The cemetary should reinstate the grave as soon as possible to the condition Mrs Fulcher kept it in.

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    Lynda Edwards

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Well said Tiggs84, just glad l dont do the job anymore with all these windgers,

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    gravedigger

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Whilst I understand the widows distress, what else are the cemetery workers supposed to do? It is only a temporary measure while an adjacent internment is in progress then the soil is removed. I think this issue should be allowed to die down.

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    Carborundum

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Not many people know what the word respect means now,what a awful upset for this lady and her family.So sorry for them all.

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    foxey

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Hardly newsworthy. This practice happens every day and if everyone who finds themselves in the same position went to the press about it it would be all we read about. No doubt when the late Mr Fulcher was laid to rest and his grave was dug the soil heap was placed onto the adjacent grave temporarily. Talk about dignity - i would say it was less dignified putting the poor man's name in the press about such a thing.

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    Tiggs84

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • What the heck is the matter with you lot, l spent a lot of years at Earlham Cemetery digging graves, and like the other grave diggers showed the up most respect for all those who we buried and those who were already buried there, where does Mrs Fulcher think we put the soil when her Husband was buried, no complaints then though. sibs wesley you say how disrespectful we gravediggers are and how would we like it if it were our relatives, well let me tell you, l buried my mother, and my cousin at Earlham Cemetery, and after a while soil was put on my mother and my Cousins Graves, but l knew it would be removed and the grave restored to normal, once again, most of you spend your time raving and ranting about things that you have no idea how they are run, spend some time with people who do the job before you start running them down, get your facts right, then you can have your say.

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    gravedigger

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • As with all things these days, it's whatever is easiest rather then find a proper solution. Temporary should mean just that and no longer than 24 hours. Can't they organise themselves to dig graves no more than a day before required?

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    JanieH

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I understand the distress, but you have to keep things in perspective. Personally I like to remember people in the places they love, not a graveyard.

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    KeithS

    Monday, September 24, 2012

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