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June 21, 2005

Bobby Schindler Responds to Schiavo Grave Inscription

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The cremated remains of Terri Schiavo were buried yesterday at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, Florida in the presence of her husband, Michael Schiavo, some of his brothers and a priest. Contrary to a court order, her immediate family were not notified in advance of the service.

Michael used a bronze grave marker to list Feb. 25, 1990, as the date his wife died. Feb. 25, 1990, is the date Terri Schindler Schiavo experienced a still unknown event that left her severely mentally disabled. Terri Schiavo actually died March 31, 2005, nearly two weeks after her feeding tube was removed by court order.

Terri's brother, Bobby Schindler, released the following statement in reponse to the inscription on Terri's burial site marker

"This clearly illustrates the spiteful lengths to which Michael Schiavo will go in order to purposely hurt those that loved Terri unconditionally – her family. It seems to me that the only 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."
The inscription also contradicts Michael's 1992 testimony he gave during a malpractice suit against Terri's doctor that ended in his favor. Michael testified, "I believe in the vows that I took with my wife. Through sickness, in health, for richer or poorer. I married my wife because I love her and I want to spend the rest of my life with her. I'm going to do that."

Terri's grave marker is inscribed at the bottom with the words "I kept my promise," apparently aimed at memorializing her husband who successfully brought about her death by withholding food and water.

Cross-posted: prolifeblogs

Posted by tim at June 21, 2005 11:30 PM

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I commend Bobby Schindler's response to the tombstone Michael Schiavo placed in Terri's gravesite. It was total disrespect to Terri and her family. I keep saying, what goes around comes around, he'll get his.

Posted by: Bella at June 22, 2005 9:07 AM

What does the grave marker actually say?

It is all about Mr. Schiavo and not about Terri. Most inscriptions are about the person whose remains are marked by the grave stone. I am assuming that "I kept my promise" is about Michael Schiavo. Otherwise, what is the promise that Terri kept to which the inscription refers? Selfish at best. More likely completely deranged because he is using her grave stone to defend himself.

Posted by: David W. at June 22, 2005 10:52 AM


You said it best....."completely deranged" I think it defines michael perfectly.

Only a petty, hateful, evil person would use his "beloved wife's" gravestone to promote himself.

Maybe every murder should be able to comment on the gravestone of their victims....How wonderful the reading in cemeteries would be.

Terri's mis-chosen mate needs to glorify himself, because he needs to justify his actions. We should pray for him; he's a lost soul.

Posted by: Tress at June 25, 2005 9:26 PM