Gardens as Cemeteries

In Cemeteries on October 10, 2009 at 9:40 pm

What if there were more cemeteries that were more like real parks? Not memorial parks and lawns, but parks like we like to visit. Imagine a cemetery as beautiful as the Tuilleries in Paris, or the Villa Borghese in Rome. Why not?

Why couldn’t cemeteries be as beautiful, inviting, and as useable as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, or New York’s Central Park? Actually, the designer of both these parks, Frederick Law Olmsted designed a few cemeteries, Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, and Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California – though today they feel old-fashion and not so alive.

It’s time to look beyond grounds that are set up and landscaped for the ease of the groundskeeper to truly sacred and living spots for everyone.

  1. I love the concept! YES, it’s time to re-think–and re-create the concept of how–and where we honor our loved ones who’ve crossed over.

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