A Grieving Woman Was Told To Remove Her Partner’s Gravestone Because It Had Kisses On It

The Roman Catholic church told Janet Corless and her daughter that the inscription was “inappropriate”.

1. This is Janet Corless, 52, and her daughter Sophie.

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In January, Janet’s partner Mike Howsey, 49, died due to a pulmonery embolism.

2. This was the gravestone they erected for him. They’ve now been told they must take it down.

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Ross Parry / SWNS

 

3. The Daily Mail reports the priest at St Mary’s Brownedge Church in Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, “said the headstone was ‘inappropriate’ because it contained kisses and the phrase ‘sleep tight Dad’”.

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Ross Parry / SWNS

 

4. The grieving woman told the paper: “I can’t believe it. It’s so callous and I’m absolutely heartbroken. It’s only seven months since Mike died suddenly right in front of Sophie and me and it is still very raw.”

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A fellow parishioner is quoted as saying: “The priest is straight down the line. Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it but he’s a bit old school.”

5. The paper reports the stone had initially been sanctioned by the church when the stonemason described the inscription.

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The Diocese of Salford, which includes the church, has not yet commented on the matter.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
 
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