Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Inscription on Terri's Grave Marker

RN Ford Comments: Michael Schiavo continues to add insult to injury when it comes to the pain he repeatedly dishes out to the Schindlers. As you can read from the marker he had inscribed on Terri's grave, he said that Terri departed the earth on Feb 25, 1990 and that he had kept his promise! The only promises he made to Terri, he broke by showing the world how he had violated his wedding promises to Terri by having children and carrying on in an affair for the past ten years with another woman!

"Terri Schiavo's husband buried her cremated remains in a Clearwater cemetery Monday, inscribing on her bronze grave marker that "I kept my promise." Michael Schiavo, who had said he promised his wife he would not keep her alive artificially and waged a long legal battle to remove her feeding tube, also listed Feb. 25, 1990, as the date she "Departed this Earth." That was the day she collapsed and fell into what most doctors said was an irreversible vegetative state. She actually died last March 31, nearly two weeks after her feeding tube was removed by court order. " Excerpt taken from WTVT.

Attorney: Terri Schiavo's Remains Interred in Clearwater - from TBO.com


Attorney: Terri Schiavo's Remains Interred in Clearwater

By Mitch Stacy Associated Press Writer
Published: Jun 20, 2005

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - After earlier announcing plans to bury his wife's ashes in their native Pennsylvania, Terri Schiavo's husband instead interred her remains in Clearwater, his attorney said Monday.
Clearwater, near Tampa, is where much of a yearslong legal battle over her life and death were fought.

The severely brain damaged woman died March 31 after an internationally watched fight between her husband and parents over whether she should be kept alive with artificial feedings. The seven-year battle engulfed the courts, Congress, the White House and divided the country.

She was cremated two days after her death and her husband, Michael Schiavo, was given possession of her remains.

After being criticized by her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, for failing to tell them his plans for her remains, Michael Schiavo had her interred at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, his attorney, George Felos, said in a short news release.

Felos did not say in the statement why Michael Schiavo decided to keep his wife's remains in Florida. He did not immediately return a phone call seeking additional information.

A service at the cemetery officiated by a priest, the statement said. Michael Schiavo and at least one his brother attended.

"Mrs. Schiavo's parents, as ordered by the court, have been advised of the exact location of Mrs. Schiavo's site," Felos' statement said.

The Schindler's attorney, David Gibbs, said Felos notified his office via fax later Monday afternoon, after the service. The Schindlers had already starting getting calls from reporters about it when his office called to tell them, Gibbs said.

"We were not notified (in advance) in any respect of any service or any memorial, and clearly that's sad for the family," Gibbs said.

The interment comes less than a week after an autopsy report was released revealing that Terri Schiavo was almost certainly in a persistent vegetative state, as most doctors had determined, and that her body showed no signs of abuse by her husband, which had been alleged by her family. The cause of the 1990 collapse that left her with severe brain damage was not determined.

The report prompted Gov. Jeb Bush to ask the Pinellas County chief prosecutor to investigate what happened the night Terri Schiavo collapsed. The governor cited an alleged gap in time between when her husband found her unconscious and called 911. The husband says there was no delay in making the call.

Terri Schiavo died March 31, 13 days after the feeding tube keeping her alive was removed by a court order won by her husband.

Her husband convinced a state circuit judge that his wife - who left no written directive - had made statements that she would not want to be kept alive artificially with no hope of recovery.

Her parents doubt she had any such end-of-life wishes, however, and believed she could get better. Even after the autopsy results showed that their daughter's brain had shrunk and that all the evidence affirmed previous diagnoses of persistent vegetative state, the Schindlers said they still believe she had some consciousness and reacted to them when they came to visit at the Pinellas Park hospice where she lived.

Calls to the cell phones of her father and her brother, Bobby Schindler, were not immediately returned Monday.

Services for Terri Schiavo already had been conducted in nearby Gulfport, where her parents live, and in Pennsylvania.