TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The families of two men who were buried in the wrong plots recently are now at odds over what to do next.
Pamela Chadwick’s husband, Lewis – who died last October – is buried at Pocassett Hill Cemetary in Tiverton. About 30 feet away is an 87-year-old man who passed away in March. But it turns out, they’re buried in each other’s plots.
The Chadwick family said they were notified on Saturday of the town’s decision to exhume the bodies. Now, they only have about a week to fight the ruling before the graves are disrupted.
“This is not about a piece of land. This is not about a plot. This is not about dead bodies,” Pamela said. “This is about a family saying let us have some peace. Enough is enough.”
“My dad is not buried next to their mother or somebody else, and vice-versa,” added Holly Stevens, Chadwick’s daughter. “They’re the first ones in each plot. Let them be.”
The town’s decision to rebury the bodies in the plots their families purchased is something the Chadwicks are pleading not to happen.
“If this happens, all of his family is going to be here. We’re going to watch them dig him up,” Pamela said. “We’re going to go through the same emotions that we had to go through that same day.”
The head of the town cemetery said moving the men is “ridiculous.” We reached out to the Town Administrator but did not get an immediate response.