More than just a final resting place, the gravesite of a loved one is a touchpoint for future generations. When people go to visit a loved one’s grave, it gives them the opportunity to feel close to that person again. For this special place to be ideal for reflection and remembrance, it needs to be properly maintained.
There are several ways to keep a gravesite beautiful over the years. Most cemeteries have groundskeepers, but often, they are only responsible for general maintenance such as mowing and landscaping the grounds and making repairs.
The care of individual sites is the responsibility of the families, and so some people hire professional grave tenders to provide services such as cleaning headstones, planting flowers each season, decorating with seasonal wreaths or arrangements, and bringing special arrangements on important occasions. Often, the grave tenders will photograph the graves when they’re finished so they can send photos to the families.
Volunteers also help preserve grave sites. They typically work for non-profit organizations that raise awareness and care for graves that have been neglected or forgotten. They often create maps of the sites they’re tending and coordinate with the cemeteries to put a maintenance plan in place.
Often, tending the grave of a loved one is an act of respect. If you’re interested in taking care of your loved one’s grave by yourself, there are a few aspects care to consider:
- Keeping it clean and beautiful should be your top priority. Proper cleaning and care of a headstone depends on its age and composition, but it’s easy to find instructions online to help. Sometimes, it’s necessary to trim the grass or hedges around the site.
- If you prefer a lush or more decorative look, certain plants will flourish. Perennial flowers are a good option because they bloom annually, although you will have to maintain them to keep them from spreading too much. If the grave is in a shady spot, good flowering options include daylilies, hosta, bleeding heart and coral-bells. Low-spreading plants such as flowering rhyme and some varieties of ajuga can make a colorful seasonal ground cover.
- Of course, it’s important to learn the cemetery’s rules. You may be restricted in what you’re allowed to plant or you might not be allowed to plant anything at all. In cases where planting is not permitted, container gardens may be a viable alternative.
At Chapel of the Chimes, we provide a beautiful space for your loved one’s final rest. We also have endowment care so you can have peace of mind knowing the grounds will always be maintained. Call us at 510.400.4442 to ask questions or schedule a tour of our facilities. You can also check out the online photos of our meticulously maintained property.