(Nashville, TN) State Representative Raumesh Akbari is looking at tougher laws for cemetery owners.
She's pushing for tougher fines at problem cemeteries, and is already working on legislation prompted by what she calls overgrowth at Mt. Carmel and Hollywood cemeteries in Memphis.
Now she’s adding Galilee to her list.
“I think any legislation that can be passed to aide those who are suffering and make sure the remains of those who are gone on can be respected should be put in place,” said Akbari.
She was motivated by the words of Garland Watkins, who told us he wanted Galilee Memorial to bury his wife before his eyes and they refused.
“When you drive off you need to know your love one is in their resting place,” said Watkins.
Watkins said cemetery leaders held a ceremony under a gazebo, and insisted on burying her later.
Now they can't tell him where her body lies.
“I'm advocating for the demise of that practice,” said Watkins.
Representative Akbari says the situation at Galilee proves steps need to be taken to better police a process which has so much room for deception.
“That is the ultimate disrespect that you don't allow someone to rest in peace,” said Akbari.