Why is a cemetery owner suing to prevent relatives of those buried there from visiting the graves?

Why is a cemetery owner suing to prevent relatives of those buried there from visiting the graves?
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Every Sunday, Barbara Miller makes the journey to a small cemetery in Caernarvon Township.

She visits the grave of her son, Ricky, who passed away in 1980 at the tender age of 3. It’s her way of staying connected to the child she lost much, much too soon.The current owners of the land on which the cemetery rests are making that connection more difficult to maintain.

NNR Real Estate Ventures filed a civil lawsuit Monday in Berks County Court that would bar Miller and others with family members buried there from stepping foot on the property. The families would, however, be permitted to enter the cemetery to exhume the bodies to move them to another site.It’s the latest move in a battle that’s been going on since Paul and Jean Dovin bought the small parcel along Twin Valley Road that contained an 18th century stone church in 2010. And Miller is at her wits’ end.”I don’t know what to do anymore,” Miller said Wednesday between sobs. “I don’t think I can go through all that again. My baby suffered so much when he was alive from brain tumors. It was so terrible. What’s wrong with these people?”

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