A MEMORIAL gate to help mourners grieve has had to be removed - as people said it ‘reminded them about death’.
Volunteers at Your Good Mourning shop, in Walkley, were ‘gobsmacked’ to be told to take down the gate or it would be torn down by objectors.
Tributes, ribbons and memorial doves had been tied to the gate, which had permission to be attached to the tree outside on South Road, in memory of lost loved ones.
Its aim was to help people come to terms with a death as part of the Dying Matters national campaign.
Glenda Kirkby has founded the shop, which acts as a chatroom to help people dealing with the death of a friend or loved one.
She said: “We want to make people aware that to be able to grieve and talk about it does help the process of losing somebody.
“The gate was up there for two days when a woman came in the shop and said ‘can you take it down because it’s upsetting people’.
“We were gobsmacked so asked why and she said it was reminding people about death.
“She said there was a group of people who don’t like it and they will rip it down if you don’t take it down.”
Hours later, posts at the side of the gate had been ripped down and Your Good Mourning volunteers felt forced to remove the memorial.
Glenda, who set up the shop after finding a lack of support when her father died, wants Star readers to give their views on what happened.
She added: “We were worried that some of the tributes people had left might be taken which would be far more disrespectful.
“The only problem we possibly thought could happen with the gate is that somebody take it for scrap, that’s why we secured it.
“We never thought people would complain because it reminded them of death.
“The situation we have faced is crazy. This just shows there are still a lot of taboos about death.”
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