Can children stop parent from placing headstone on deceased parent grave?


My mother passed away 3 months ago. I have two siblings….our dad had a new(old) girlfriend less than 2 weeks after we buried our mother. He is taking this new girlfriend to look at headstones and we do not agree with the choice. Can we stop him from placing headstone? Or at least make it where we all have to decide what goes on headstone?


Assuming the burial plots are owned by your father, legally you have no right to block his choice of headstone.

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