Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Michael Schiavo: Adding Insults to (Fatal) Injury

From LifeNews comes this sad report --

Terri Schiavo's estranged husband Michael has buried her remains in a Florida cemetery rather than in a Philadelphia plot he owns. However, he's upset Terri's family by not telling them about the burial service and putting an offensive quote on her tombstone. Michael upset Terri's family by putting the quote, "I kept my promise" on Terri's burial marker. He also listed the date Terri died as February 25, 1990 -- the day Terri collapsed from unknown circumstances. Terri actually passed away on March 31, 2005, after suffering a painful 13 day starvation and dehydration death. The grave marker lists the 1990 date as the day Terri "Departed the Earth" and lists the 2005 date as the day Terri was "at peace."

The marker describes Terri as a "beloved wife" and features the Christian symbol of a dove descending to the Earth. David Gibbs, an attorney for Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, told the Associated Press that the wording on the burial marker is "a real shot and another unkind act toward a grieving Mom and Dad." "It's a slap in the face to the parents,'' Gibbs said. "It's insulting to the family, and it hurts.'' Though Michael was supposed to bury Terri's remains in Pennsylvania, George Felos, the euthanasia advocate who is his lead attorney, told reporters Monday that it had taken place at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater...

Terri Schiavo's brother says the disabled woman's family is offended that her estranged husband used Terri's burial marker to make a political statement about the decade-long legal battle he waged against them. "This clearly illustrates the spiteful lengths in which Michael Schiavo will go in order to purposely hurt those that loved Terri unconditionally -- her family," Terri's brother Bobby told on Tuesday. Schindler told he believes "the intention of this inscription was to be hurtful, and had absolutely nothing to do with Terri, but only to cause my parents additional pain over the loss of their child." "Maybe even more tragic, is that in doing so, Michael Schiavo shows nothing but a lack of respect for Terri," Schindler added.