Church Says No To Headstone Shaped Like Couch

NORTH VERNON, Ind. (March 11, 2013)—Shannon Carr, an Indiana woman who wanted to honor her late husband with a custom couched-shaped headstone that reflects his interests in sports and the outdoors, is suing a Catholic church for refusing to install it.

Carr spent $9,600 on the black granite headstone to mark the grave of her husband, Jason Carr, who died in an automobile accident in 2009.

The features images of a deer, a dog, and color logos of NASCAR and the Indianapolis Colts.

The Republic newspaper reported that the Rev. Jonathan Meyer of St. Joseph Catholic Church in North Vernon, Ind., notified the monument maker that the headstone didn't meet the cemetery's standards and couldn't be placed in the church's century-old graveyard.

But Carr says in her lawsuit that Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis Properties, which owns the cemetery, didn’t produce any regulations governing the plot until more than a year after she tried to have the headstone installed in 2010.

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