A Plea to Holy Sepulcher Cemetery And Other Such Offenders to Stop Using Backhoe Loaders
In order to expedite the burial, workers used a backhoe loader to shovel dirt into my Mama Chela's grave. Since Holy Sepulcher's grounds are on a slight slope, the backhoe balanced itself by using two pneumatic arms as anchors. But to do this, the arms rested on top of other memorial markers, protected by thousands of pounds of pressure by cheap wooden tablets.
Call me old-fashioned, but whatever happened to men with a shovel? Getting a backhoe loader to rest against the memorial slabs, or to see it run over them, was offensive to the memory of the faithful departed. If I saw a machine do that to the markers of my grandparents, I'd be pissed. I'm sure this is standard operating procedure for all cemeteries nowadays (I've never been to a non-Catholic funeral), but the practice should stop.