Cemetery, in general and in particular

Though it doesn’t always seem like it, I think a great deal about my role on the Hope Cemetery Commission and how much to blog about what we do.  It is, admittedly, not a lot, and I don’t know how much to share without boring people.  Much of my volunteer effort on that board has consisted of reading meeting minutes from 100 years ago (for a larger research project); again, I don’t know that anyone but myself would find that interesting.

So I write about the cemetery on occasion, or when I find something of interest regarding burial in general, I’ll post it, but I welcome any questions as well.  I’m still learning a great deal (because, well, I’m just not an expert) but I’m more than willing to ask someone who knows more than I do.


Dianne Williamson had written a great column about green burials, and I’d meant to note it because this is something my husband has felt strongly about for as long as I’ve known him.  The T&G recently published a letter that was critical of this column, and I felt the letter writer missed the real point of the column.  All of us should ask ourselves if it’s a fair tribute or expression of love to the deceased when we fill the earth with foul fluids in the process of burying our loved ones.  The issue’s bigger than one cemetery, but it must start with the individual choices many of us will have to make in an hour of grief.  And that’s all I’m going to say regarding that. 

(For those of you interested in further research, I recommend this interesting listening regarding green burials, along with this Smithsonian article, which I’d mentioned before.)


Someone had recently asked me about plot prices at Hope Cemetery.  If anyone else is interested, they are available on this page (scroll down to “Hope Cemetery”).


From the City website, regarding Fall 2010 Cleanup:

DPW’s Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division respectfully requests that all Spring/Summer decorations, flowers, fences and/or religious objects be removed from the lots including Babyland/Children’s Garden by Friday, October 1, 2010. Any decorations remaining on the lots after this date will be discarded.

As of this Fall/Winter 2010 please review our Planting and Decorating Policies for the rules and regulations to be enforced. The regulations will also be posted on the outside bulletin board at the Hope Cemetery Administrative Office. Beginning October 9, 2010 Fall/Winter plantings and decorating may proceed.

(Image: 539G888, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from halserad’s photostream of Hope Cemetery)