I am looking for guidance. Here’s why: We buried our son at Oakmont Memorial Park and Cemetery in Lafayette, California in 2000. At the time, I purchased every available plot in his row (4 double plots for $40,000) and we placed our son at the end closest to the fence. We were told there could be no other burials between our son and the fence due to a water drainage pipe in the area. They put it in writing but, due to our grief, we did not notice that the letter was not on letterhead and was not physically signed. In 2013, Oakmont decided they could create a “half-plot” between our son and the fence. They did not tell us or give us the opportunity to purchase this area — and they sold it to someone who wanted to bury two urns and erect a large granite monument. We want Oakmont to honor their agreement with us and move the other party. After consulting with their attorney, Oakmont decided they do not have to honor their agreement with us to leave the space between our son’s gravesite and the fence free of other burials. I filed a complaint with the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau. They agreed that it was poor business practices but determined there was not a legal regulation they could impose to force compliance. The only solution Oakmont has offered us is to purchase a “family estate for $259,000” and move my son’s body, which we cannot afford. I want to know if we have any other recourse to make Oakmont honor their original agreement? Can you make any recommendations?
Dec 5, 2022 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm