Sick thieves have left a grieving family devastated after they stole a floral wreath following a cancer victim’s funeral.
Anne Cruden, 66, of Ellon, died at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on August 24 after losing her battle with lung and liver cancer.
Her loved ones attended a funeral at the Aberdeen Funeral Home on Thursday and a floral wreath was laid on behalf of her five grandchildren.
After the service the wreath was taken, along with other keepsakes, to Aberdeen Crematorium where they were put on display.
Anne’s relatives went to the crematorium on Saturday morning to see the tributes – and were left shocked to find the wreath had been stolen.
“We’re in disbelief that somebody could do this. It’s the lowest of the low,” said Anne’s daughter, Caroline Bennett.
Ms Bennett, 47, also of Ellon, added: “The wreath had roses on it and in the centre was a poem that was read out at her funeral.
“It was a beautiful arrangement of flowers that her grandchildren bought.
“It’s so upsetting that someone can just come in and help themselves.
“I’m disgusted and distraught.”
Anne, whose maiden name was Johnstone, was diagnosed with cancer within weeks of her death.
Ms Bennett said: “She didn’t have long left after her diagnosis, which was very difficult for her and all the family.
“She received a lot of help from Macmillan Cancer Support and we were very impressed with the treatment she received from the oncology unit at ARI. Their staff were brilliant. We couldn’t fault them.
“At the funeral, we asked for anyone who wanted to make donations to make them to the Anchor Unit.”
Ahead of Anne’s funeral, her grandchildren Claire, Sarah, Nicole, Kyle and Abbey bought the wreath from Interflora in Montrose.
It contains a verse written by English poet Christina Rossetti called Let Me Go.
Ms Bennett said: “It was chosen especially to be read at the funeral and we thought it would be a nice touch to put it in the centre of the reef.”
She added: “We checked the crematorium staff who said they record all floral arrivals and it definitely came.
“I don’t understand why anyone would take it, but I would appeal to them to put it back where they found it, though even if it is returned, the wreath will be tainted for us now.”