To The Daily Sun,
Mrs. (Carol) Stewart, owes me an apology.
I am 76 years old, worked 37 years in the long-term care setting and looked forward to the day when I could work in my gardens in my yard across the street from The Mayhew Funeral Home and Crematorium. That has been taken away from me.
My last days on earth will be a continuation of smelling death and listening to his rumbling ovens. People know where his crematorium is located, they now know the stench and the noise that it is creating, but they continue to bring their dead bodies here so that all of us can participate in their grieving process. The dead are dead, it is a fact of life, but the living must go on, and they have the right to not be contaminated by the death of those before them.
Mrs. Stewart, like many others in this community, need to understand that there is a place for this kind of process, and it is not across the street, less then 200 feet from someone's bedroom window, or at the entrance of someone's business.
Mr. Mayhew has proved himself incapable of thinking of anything but himself and his financial profit. I would hope that there are those in this community who will look beyond their own lives and realize that there are others out there who would like to live a few more years.
Perhaps he could take a lesson from Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home and Crematorium, who realized the hardship that they would be placing on their neighbors in their neighborhood in Laconia and (located) the crematorium part of their business out to a more suitable area away from a neighborhood where children play and old folks don't have to be reminded every day of the smell of death.
All of us have lost a loved one, and we know the sadness that this leaves with us, but we have no right as friends and neighbors to instill a life of stench and noise onto those around us. Death is a private thing and not everyone wants to share in everyone's cremation.
Carolyn J. Pillsbury
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