These former state hospital patient graves should matter to us

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In response to the article “Gone and Forgotten” (July 17) regarding the poor condition of the cemeteries of two now-closed state hospitals:

“Rest in peace” is said or heard as one is lowered into the ground, our final resting place for eternity. Just maybe a few times a year a visit is made by family or friends to the grave site to say, “I remember,” and a flower is laid on top. On the hillsides of graves at the former Dixmont and Woodville hospitals, you won’t find a posie! Is it because the mentally ill don’t matter?

Hopefully, in the future, we will see regular care of the graves of these forgotten. In conclusion, lyrics by Pete Seeger: “Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing? … Where have all the graveyards gone, long time ago?”

DARLENE BAKOTA
Munhall


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