Friday, June 29, 2007

Garden Cemetery

You might think that you're looking at a garden, but these are actually grave plots at the Dorpskerk cemetery in Wassenaar. Most of the plots are very well tended, with various plants and decorative items placed at the site.


Anonymous said...

This is a good idea for a graveyard. Here, we see a pasture field of grass with artificial flowers stuck in the ground in rows. People come, now and then, and replace one bunch of sun-faded flowers with a new bunch of plastic flowers. It is this way so the men can ride their lawn mowing machines up and down the rows without having to trim anything or mow around anything. It used to be that we had rows and between the rows was grass. People had tombstones or slabs of stone erected on the sites of graves with the names of the dead and dates. That became too much trouble so they did away with that system in the new graveyards.

Abraham Lincoln
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Josy said...

I apologize if I'm being offensive or ignorant, but when I look at this, I can't help but wonder...

In Germany- I think- family members must pay "rent" on their loved ones' gravesites... if the family stops paying "rent" (or if the term of the "lease" was only 15-30 years), the body is exhumed and and the gravesite is reused for someone else.

Is Germany the only country that does this, or does it extend to the Netherlands?