transformationalcemeterydesign

Enhancing the Land

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2009 at 12:25 am

There are many objections that many people have to burial. One is “environmental”: people don’t want to “take up” space. I can recognize this feeling, and might feel the same way if my only options were large, non-human scaled Memorial Gardens.

However, my hope is to improve and enhance the landscape for the present and for the future. Imagine if in your three foot by eight foot plot (or larger if you’ll be buried side by side with someone else) you had a beautiful tree planted and or a good sized beautiful stone bench for passersby to rest. What if many such plots were grouped together? You might have a nice woodsy place for strolling and resting.

Some cemeteries like Sonoma Mountain Cemetery in Sonoma, CA (pictured) are built up into the woods, and have a very organic and inviting presence.

Sonoma Mountain Cemetery, Sonoma, CA

Sonoma Mountain Cemetery, Sonoma, CA

There are beautiful people-based cemeteries in Japan, some of which have important shrines inside the cemetery. They have beautiful paved paths for people to stroll and to get to the shrines.
http://www.taleofgenji.org/mount_koya.html

There is a huge spectrum of “useful” use of cemetery space that not too many could argue as “wasted” or “taken-up” space.

Mount Koya Cemetery, Wakayama, Japan

Mount Koya Cemetery, Wakayama, Japan

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  1. What an incredible post!! I have been looking for something like this for a long time

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