Cemetery: No, You Can't Put the F-Word on a Grave

Family sought expletive-laden inscription
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 10, 2013 9:39 AM CDT
A Massachusetts cemetery has told a family they can't use the F-word on a grave.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Despite a family's wishes, visitors to a Massachusetts cemetery won't be seeing the F-word on any headstones. After 23-year-old Sonny Santiago died in a February car accident, his family asked the maker of his headstone to write a controversial inscription: "You gonna remember the damn name/ I give a f— if I die with no damn friends/ I got my fam by my side and that’s until the end."

The maker sent the lines to the Pine Grove Cemetery, whose commissioners opposed "any and all inappropriate language." "We are saying no to the F-word," said the chairman. The family has accepted the decision, and they're replacing the words with a different inscription, from a song written by Santiago; the new one doesn't contain explicit lyrics, his sister-in-law tells the Daily Item.

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