The heartbroken widower was horrified to find his wife’s grave in the cemetery at Portadown, flooded with water.

Mrs. Neal died at the age of 57 after a difficult battle with cancer, and her husband Tom was distraught to learn that her grave in Kernan Cemetery had been flooded.

Mr Neal said he visited his wife’s grave regularly as it helped him cope with his grief.

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On Sunday, Mr. Neil, who also suffers from cancer, said he was disgusted by the state of Kernan Cemetery and the state of his wife’s grave.

Grave of the late Yvonne Margaret Neal, who died at Craigavon ​​District Hospital on November 4 from cancer. Her husband Tom is distraught because the grave of his beloved wife is flooded in Kernan Cemetery in Portadown.

“It’s a shame. There’s just no dignity. The whole grave is flooded and the cemetery has turned into a swamp,” said Mr. Neal.

He is furious with Armagh, Banbridge, and the Council of Craigavon, who run the cemetery.

“I would never have allowed my wife to be buried in that cemetery if I had known that this would happen.

“I was told that there was a similar flood event last year, but the council did very little to fix it,” Mr Neil said.

“There is no point in throwing some earth into it and planting seeds. It needs to be drained properly.

“I am seriously considering moving my wife’s body to another cemetery.

“I am caring for Margaret during her long illness and I myself am suffering from cancer.

“I just can’t bear to think that my wife’s body lies in such a grave, full of water, a swamp.

“All this adds to my grief knowing that she is submerged in water. It destroys me,” he said.

Mr. Neal said he complained about it to the council.

“While they said they were sorry for my loss, they never apologized for the condition of my wife’s grave,” Mr. Neil said.

A spokesperson for the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon ​​City Council said: “The Council has apologized to Mr Neal and his family for this issue caused by extreme weather in recent days.

“The Council is well aware of the suffering this has caused and is actively seeking possible drainage solutions to ensure this never happens again.”

Mr. Neal thinks he was “deceived” by the council.

“I’m not sure what guarantees they can give me that this won’t happen again,” he added.

“This should be the time when I come to terms with my grief. I don’t argue with the local council about the state of my wife’s grave,” said the distraught widower.

Mr. Neal is so worried about the current state of the cemetery that he is considering exhuming his wife’s body and moving it to another cemetery in the area.



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