~ Submitted by Robyn Samuels, Doug Dietz, Karyn Girouard, Heather and Jeff Patterson
We’d like to direct your readers’ attention to a concern regarding Shawsheen Cemetery…… As with most cemeteries, it is a final resting place for loved ones, and there are those of us who have lost loved ones and visit them to remember them and pray.
Shawsheen Cemetery is open to the public but not as a recreational area. It is a sacred area and has rules to be followed; for example, dogs are not allowed. However, it is often used by residents for recreational pursuits that disturb the peace and sanctity sought by family members and other mourners.
There is no shortage of outdoor recreational space in Bedford. There are ample hiking trails, playgrounds, bike paths, walking paths, and fields—to play, walk a dog, or socialize. Other than looking for a peaceful and serene environment to walk and perhaps sit in contemplation and enjoy the quiet, the cemetery should not be used for recreational activities.
We are working very hard to maintain the grounds and conserve the historic areas as well as the newer areas for all. We ask that visitors to the cemetery be respectful of all who are visiting loved ones and seek other areas in town for recreational activities.
On a personal note, Heather & Jeff lost their son Jared, age 20, in January of 2020; Karyn & Doug lost their son Kyle, age 25, in July of 2020. They are buried at Shawsheen Cemetery. We miss them and mourn for them and all the lost years. Visiting our sons in prayer brings us some peace. Please think of this when going to the cemetery, as there are other families in similar situations who too are saddened by their personal loss. Please be respectful of all.