Dad Visited Incorrect Grave for Years

Father grieved over stillborn son in wrong spot because of mixup
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2014 2:24 PM CDT
Dad Visited Incorrect Grave for Years
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For seven years, a man in Westminster, Colo., regularly visited the grave of his stillborn son. Or so he thought. NBC 9 Colorado reports that Vance Abeyta learned this year that his son, Quincy, was actually buried in a different spot in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. It seems the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver, which buries stillborn children for free, gave him bad information seven years ago. Abyeta learned of the mistake when he raised money to put his son's name on the grave marker. When he followed up several weeks later, the archdiocese said it was done, but a confused Abeyta responded that, no, the grave marker was still nameless.

"Come to find out my son is not even buried here where I thought he's been buried for the last seven years," he tells the TV station. "He's buried a few graves over." Abeyta has a tattoo that honors his son, and the archdiocese now plans to add the design to the grave marker. It also will donate money from a memorial service to a charity of Abeyta's choosing. "I was crying over someone else's child," he says. "That's what bothers me the most." (Read more grave site stories.)

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