Family Not Sure What to Do After Mothers Surprising Death
Apr 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM CST
Apr 23, 2013
The Availa family has been coming to the catholic cemetery for years, after their father passed five years ago. They unexpectedly lost their mother to heart attack, and now said they can't bury their mother where she wanted to be buried due to an outstanding balance their mother owed from her husbands death. "We weren't aware of the situation, you know. We found out about this the instant we had to come and make arrangements for her." Her mother still had an outstanding balance on her husbands burial plot and the family said the cemetery officials will not allow her mother to be buried with her husband until the balance is paid in full. "How could we put it, if it was one of your family members, I mean honestly, I mean would you be so cold as to say, 'oh well,' I didn't pay it, let them remove their body? You would be in shock." The family is afraid that the cemetery would remove the bodies. No one was available to speak on camera from the cemetery but the diocese of Laredo contacted me by phone and said they would never remove any bodies, even if the family could not pay. The family said they do not have the money to pay off the outstanding balance immediately or pay for their father’s grave to be reopened so they can bury their mother with him. "We are not millionaires, we don't have that money, we don't have what they are asking from us and what we do have, we are trying to pay off everything else with it." The cemetery officials said they will contact the family this week to work out a payment plan so they can properly bury their mother where she wished to be buried. They are asking for any help they can get. They have opened an account at Chase Bank, under the name Maria I Availa. Account #: 2530708465.