WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Back in April, we told you about a family that was extremely upset about the condition of some relatives’ gravesites. This weekend, the family came back to see if there were any improvements and to meet with the owner of Calvary Memorial Cemetery to talk things through.
“People shouldn’t have to come to a graveyard and have to look for their loved ones because they are covered up,” said Terrina Henderson-Brooks, who has about 50 family members buried at the cemetery. “They come here to mourn, not to do work, not to be a gardener.”
Henderson-Brooks said for the past several years, the sites have been subpar to say the least. She is concerned that the final resting places are not getting the respect they deserve, which means family members can’t cope properly.
“It’s important that people come because that’s how they release some of their energy and mourning for their loved ones,” Henderson-Brooks said. “That’s a way of letting go and releasing. So, to come here and not have that experience, it’s very difficult. It’s been aggravating for me because I can’t come to mourn.”
After meeting with cemetery owner Jack Krupicka, Henderson-Brooks says some of her worries have been eased, like the fact that a section which holds some of her loved ones was elevated. Krupicka assured her the extra height is to prevent flooding in that area. Henderson-Brooks and her husband think things have improved a bit since their last visit but say the cemetery still has a ways to go.
“It’s a nice cemetery, and we want to keep it nice,” Henderson-Brooks said. “I think that Jack wants to keep it nice also. I think that maybe moving forward, he can think about some things that we discussed, and I think that we will see some improvements. My hope is that we will see some improvement.”
Krupicka did not want to speak on camera but told us off-camera that he is the only one responsible for maintaining the entire seven-acre cemetery. He says the best thing for families to do is call ahead before they visit, and he’ll be sure to have their sites cleaned up.