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Milford cemetery decorations thrown away as new rules put into practice

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Items from graves were thrown away after new rules and regulations were put into place. (WFSB) Items from graves were thrown away after new rules and regulations were put into place. (WFSB)
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Solar lights, statues, and other memorabilia are no longer allowed at a Catholic cemetery in Milford, and it has some people upset over the new rules.

A new rules and regulations signs sit at the entrance of the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Milford, but it isn't sitting well with some people who have loved ones buried there.

Colleen Parise, whose mother is buried at the cemetery, said she never received any notice about the changes.

“Single vase of fake flowers were not here today. They took everyone's stuff and dumped it, whether it was allowed or not," Parise said.

She says it was a shock when she visited the grave just a few weeks ago and noticed items missing.

“To come two weeks ago and have everything here and come back and see everything scattered along the grass was pretty upsetting," Parise said.

But cemetery crews said they needed to prohibit many items, as knickknacks and pebbles around the stones are hazardous to the lawn crews.  

One of the problems cemetery crews were seeing were beer and rum bottles, so to enforce to the rules, crews cleared items from the graves and put them at entrance so loved ones can pick them up.

“We know people have lost loved one and it's an emotional time, so we posted these rules and regulations for four months, hoping the families would come and pick up the prohibited materials,” said Robert Lynch, who is the cemetery superintendent.

The church that owns the cemetery also talked about it at mass time, and it was in the church's bulletin. But for some families who don't live close by, they wish they were called.

“This is very upsetting. This is the closest we get to talking with here and to come here with something to look at besides a grave site, was comforting," Parise said.

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