A GRIEVING couple are devastated after discovering their son’s grave is being shared with 11 other babies.
Jordanna Holland, 27, and her partner Jonathan Douglas thought baby Harley would rest alongside three other babies at Lockwood Cemetery.
But three months after his funeral, they were shocked to find a stone slab covering their tragic son’s grave displaying 12 name plaques.
“I was absolutely devastated,” said Jordanna, of Almondbury.
“This whole thing is just going from bad to worse.”
The couple, who already have a three-year-old daughter Kayla, were distraught to learn their unborn child had died when Jordanna was just 21 weeks pregnant because her placenta had broken away.
She was immediately induced and gave birth to Harley Joshua at Calderdale Royal Hospital on October 5.
The heartbroken couple spent 24 special hours with their fully-formed son to help with their grieving process.
Harley was classed as a miscarriage because he was born before 24 weeks. But his parents were determined he would receive a proper funeral.
Jordanna said: “From when he died, we did everything we could. He was our son and we wanted to do the best we could for him.
“The hospital staff were brilliant and they dressed him for me so we could take pictures.
“They offered us a free burial where they provide the coffin and meet you at the graveside.
“But my sister had had a free one and advised us against it because they are shared and you’re not allowed to go back and put flowers or toys on the grave.”
A family friend kindly offered to pay £375 for a private funeral instead.
It was organised by Deborah Ingham at Huddersfield Funeral Service.
The couple were led to believe Harley would be buried in a grave for no more than three other babies.
But when Jordanna called Kirklees cemeteries to order a plaque a week after the funeral, she was shocked to be told their son’s plot was for six.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it but we thought okay. He will have five little play friends. We could deal with that and accepted it.
“They said the plaque system for the new graves was not in place but they would write to us.”
The family took comfort in visiting Harley’s section of grave several times a week.
At Christmas, they even placed festive decorations and a brought him a stocking.
“It makes me feel better when I go up to visit him,” said Jordanna. “We like to make it look a happy place for him, then we feel happier.”
Then, on January 13, Jordanna visited her son’s grave and discovered the stone slab with 12 name plaques.
They have since been told he cannot be exhumed and will have to remain there.
“I feel angry and so upset,” she said. “It is where he has been laid to rest and this was our chance to do things for him to make it look really nice.
“To be able to have that choice is so important. Now we can’t do anything about it. It is too late. I just want to warn others.
“We will fight this as far as we can. We don’t care what it costs.”
The Examiner contacted funeral director Deborah Ingham who maintains she was informed by Kirklees that Harley’s grave was for four babies.
She said: “There is no way I would have told her it was for four babies if I knew it was 12. I just advised her based on the information I was given when I spoke to Kirklees cemeteries about it. It was vaults of four.
“I will do whatever I can to help.”
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear of the situation of this family and it appears they have received incorrect information.
“Since September 2011 the only public baby graves at Lockwood Cemetery accommodate 12.”
The family is now meeting with Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman’s officers to discuss the case and are also considering legal action.