14/08/2014 12:57 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Grieving Mum Visits Stillborn Baby's Grave - To Discover Tributes Discarded And Another Child Buried


A grieving mum who visited her stillborn son's grave was distraught when she found another baby had been buried in the same plot.

Funeral directors told Katy Quillan, 29, that her baby David, who died in April 2013, would be buried in an individual plot at a cemetery in Southport, Merseyside.

She was told her family could decorate the grave with 'whatever they liked' and put up a small picket fence, pebbles and a Christmas tree and Father Christmas, as David was the only person buried there.

But when she tended her late son's grave at Duke Street cemetery last week, she was horrified to find another child's grave in the same plot.

Katy visited the plot with her family and found her decorations and memorials had been discarded and replaced with a teddy bear and flowers from another grieving family.

Katy, from Old Skelmersdale, Lancashire, told her local paper she called the funeral directors and was told more than one baby was put in each plot. When she called the cemetery, she was told that up to six babies were buried in each grave.

Katy, who is also the mum of five-year-old Brooke, said: "I just can't believe it, finding all my things thrown off and someone else's on there.


"It is not what you expect when you are told you will get your own plot for your baby."

A spokesman for Sefton council, which operates the cemetery, said: "As with most funerals, the onus is on the funeral directors to offer bereavement guidance to families and this would include explaining how these type of graves operate."

The funeral directors declined to comment.

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