Harrison County responds to Finley Cemetery claims
County officials say plots in the public portion of the cemetery are provided free of charge for families when a loved one dies, but burial arrangements are done via funeral homes and burial costs are at the expense of families.
Regarding the removal of mementos, the county says the policy of removing items after 30 days is posted on signage and should be clearly indicated on burial paperwork for loved ones.
Harrison County Public Information Officer Jeff Clark says items left on grave sites after the allotted 30 day period can pose issues during cemetery landscaping and during hurricane season. “It’s a tough thing. I understand people want to remember their loved ones, the Board of Supervisors understands that, our road workers in district two, we all understand that, we’re just asking people to be cognizant of it. Just follow the rules.”
Clark also says the county will be reaching out to the funeral homes who provide burial services at the cemetery to make sure the rules are clearly indicated to family members.