Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 3/12/13
We've all heard stories about deceased sports fans being buried in their favorite team jersey or with a valued piece of sports memorabilia but one Indiana church is telling a woman her late husband can't proclaim his sports allegiances —or the place he watched them from — above the ground in the hereafter. Shannon Carr commissioned a black granite headstone to mark the grave of her husband Jason Carr and show his love of sports and the outdoors. The $9,000 headstone is shaped like a couch and features images of a deer, a dog and color logos of NASCAR and the Indianapolis Colts. Now Carr is suing the St. Joseph Catholic Church for refusing to install it. The Rev, Jonathan Meyer, a priest at the church, said the headstone didn't meet the cemetery's standards because of its secular nature and couldn't be placed in the church's century-old graveyard. "We provided the family funeral rites, prepared a funeral meal and offered family members individual counseling after the services,"
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