Grave concerns of upset family

The poorly maintained grave.
The poorly maintained grave.

A grieving daughter has hit out at council chiefs after her mother’s grave was left untended for months after the burial.

Phyllis Smith, who grew up in Bishopbriggs but now lives in America, travelled home in January to see her mother laid to rest in Cadder Cemetery, Bishopbriggs, following a 12 year battle with dementia.

But the grave was left covered with bare soil and weeds in the weeks and months after the funeral, upsetting Phyllis and members of her family who still live locally.

Despite regular complaints, six months after their loss, the family are still confronted with the untended grave.

She said: “Despite numerous phone calls to the appropriate department, they have displayed an appalling lack of concern for the state of my mother’s grave.

“My sister has called them numerous times and they eventually threw some grass seed down on the grave. Three weeks went by, nothing happened.

“My sister then went to the cemetery several times a week with a watering can to try and germinate the seed to allow it to grow.”

But the grass didn’t grow and council officers refused to lay turf or remove weeds growing on the grave.”

The grieving daughter said: “My family is at their wits end. Can you imagine how distressing this is, not only losing a beloved mother, but to visit her grave, after she has been laid to rest for six months, and stare at a bunch of weeds growing on her grave?”

The neglect has come to light just a week after the Herald revealed that East Dunbartonshire Council charge the highest burial prices in Scotland.

Days after the Herald contacted East Dunbartonshire Council about the issue Grace Irvine, the council’s director of neighbourhood services, said that the matter would be investigated.

She said: “Following receipt of a complaint regarding the condition of this lair an inspection was carried out which identified that the grass seed sown in this section of the cemetery has not taken as expected.

“As a result, the council plan to turf the layers in the coming days.”

She added: “The council apologise for any distress caused to relatives by this issue”.