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Do we care? Should we care?

I recently posted an item about the ways in which council-run cemeteries in Wales deal with gravestones that they class as unsafe. Many people regard the ‘solutions’ that are adopted as being unsightly, disrespectful and deeply upsetting. In burial places that are ‘closed’ (‘abandoned’ would be a better description of many) including churchyards and particularly the graveyards of former nonconformist chapels the situation is often much, much worse.The photographs show the condition of two graveyards in the Merthyr Borough as they were in 2009. In the case of Saron, Troed-y-rhiw something IS being done almost entirely through the efforts of a small group of dedicated volunteers. Graig, Abercannaid had, sadly, already reached the point of no return.The questions that I want to ask are do we as a society care, should we care and what, if anything, should be done? Please respond.

A quotation from Gladstone to ponder

Gladstone (1)
“Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.”
What do you think of this well known quotation from 19th century prime minister William Gladstone?