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Welcome

In Cemeteries, Pathways on August 29, 2010 at 10:53 am

We need places in cemeteries for the living to enjoy in order to help transform the places where our dead lie.

We have to invite people into our transformed cemeteries…

West Village Park, Celebration, FL

Shin-zaka Park, Tokyo

Pathway in a pocket park

We have to welcome them….

Henry C. Beck Park, Dallas

And we need to make them comfortable…

A pocket park in Detroit

Sidney Bestoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans City Park: there is alot of sculpture already in our cemeteries...let's find ways to enjoy it more.

It’s very simple: please, come in and make yourself comfortable and enjoy yourself. Offer your guests a chair, a place to rest and to perhaps contemplate.


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Serendipity

In Cemeteries, Pathways, Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:00 am
Would you be beckoned down paths like these?

Arnhem Oosterbeck War Cemetery, Holland

Or one like this?

Hietaniemi Cemetery, Finland

To come upon someone’s place like this?

Bertolt Brecht's grave, Berlin

Or like this?

Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh

These are some of the delightful surprises that we can have in cemeteries that are for both the living and the dead.

Here is a great site with pictures of authors’ graves around the world: real and important surprises to come upon:

http://www.gianpaologuerini.it/b_aboutyou/6_graves/

Now, what would draw you in, what would attract you to an ideal cemetery?

Allee at Marschlins Castle, Igis, Switzerland

Engaging

In Cemeteries, Pathways on August 7, 2010 at 11:03 am

Via Appia, Rome

These places where our dead are need to engage us. They can be completely enticing, like the Via Appia here – you’re naturally drawn to stroll down this ancient road that was lined with mausoleums and tombs. It beckons.

A garden pathway

These pathways lead you forward and through. And hopefully through beautiful gardened landscapes of plantings, and through memories and thoughts not only of any loved one buried, interred, or scattered here, but thoughts of the rest of humanity here. And mortality.

Mexican cemetery

Cemeteries have to be places for people – or else people aren’t going to be engaged and aren’t going to visit them or experience them.

Japan

To be inviting to the living, cemeteries need to be vibrant, peaceful, and most of all, on a living and human scale.

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