Grieving mum sets up petition to keep coloured stones on her baby’s grave at Whinfield Cemetery in Rugby

India's grave at Whinfield Cemetery
India's grave at Whinfield Cemetery

A grieving mother has started a petition to keep coloured stones on her baby’s grave after the council told her to remove them as they may ‘blow in the wind’.

Tiffany Moore, from Rugby, lost her daughter India during her pregnancy in December.

I want to be able to decorate my daughter’s forever bed and make it pretty - I think all families should have the right to grieve in the way they want to

Tiffany Moore

She recently placed white and pink stones on India’s grave in the Clover Leaf Memorial Garden at Whinfield Cemetery, off Clifton Road, Rugby.

But a member of Rugby Borough Council phoned her to ask her to remove the coloured stones.

After speaking to the Advertiser last week, Tiffany set up an online petition to allow parents to keep their coloured stones on the graves and has received more than 1,600 signatures so far.

“The support has been overwhelming and I can’t believe the response,” Tiffany said.

“The petition has been shared on Facebook and Twitter and people from all over are messaging me saying they respect what I’m doing.

“I want to thank everyone who has shared and supported the petition. I want to be able to decorate my daughter’s forever bed and make it pretty - I think all families should have the right to grieve in the way they want to.”

A council spokesman said the coloured stones could blow on to other graves due to the ‘open plan design’ and could upset to other families.

Teddy bears and windmills are allowed to be placed on the graves.

“I can’t understand how stones are more likely to blow in the wind than teddy bears,” Tiffany said.

“It doesn’t seem to make sense but it causes a lot of distress to families.

“People always say that they think India’s grave is pretty and colourful - I think it looks beautiful.”

A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said: “We welcome petitions and publish guidelines for submitting petitions on our website.

“The council has a number of ways of responding to petitions, depending on the subject and the number of signatories. On receipt of a petition, we contact the organiser to explain how we intend to respond.”

The petition can be found here