Call me old fashioned if you like but I have reached the sorry conclusion that there is no longer any respect for the dead in some quarters.
A few months ago we read of the participation of a local funeral director in a comic stunt by lending their hearse to a celebrity on the television to enable him to travel from one end of the country to the other on board unusual transport. This was insensitive to those whose loved ones have been conveyed to their final resting place in that vehicle.
Now we read that another undertakers in the town is about to take part in Scarborough’s Heritage Week by throwing open its doors including the mortuary preparation room and chapel of rest to members of the public to gawp at. Having used this establishment in the past to care for my deceased parents I will never use them again.
Then we read of a forthcoming fun fair with fun and games for all the family to take place in Dean Road Cemetery. This is a sacred resting place for many of our forebears, my own family included. It is to be hoped that none of the unstable headstones are dislodged and cause injury during the comings and goings.
Finally, we read of the gravelling over of the baby cemetery at Woodlands which has upset a number of parents. Would it not have been better to raise awareness of the problems associated with the grass cutting allowing for consultation and the possibility of an alternative solution rather than riding roughshod over mourners’ feelings.
It’s all a question of thoughtfulness, propriety and respect.