A woman called me this afternoon with a heartbreaking story. She had placed flowers on her parents' tombstones over the weekend at Willow Mount Cemetery. The graves are at the front of the cemetery. By Sunday, the flowers had been stolen.
The silk flowers were attached tightly over the top of the tombstones, she said, so they could not have blown off. The lady, who did not wish to identify herself, said she spent $85 on the arrangement. Since she is on a fixed income, that's especially a huge amount of money.
I know that it's a common thing for some to steal from the cemetery or to desecrate graves. But that doesn't make it right. My heart goes out for this lady, who said that leaving flowers is the only way she has to show her late parents her love.
"I'd like to tell them how much they have hurt me," she told me.
The people doing these acts may think they are not hurting anyone since it's at a cemetery, but they are often hurting the grieving families.