>Andrew Hammel has an amusing post up about German cemeteries and their lists of regulations. Granted, the list he posts (in English) is one cemetery’s rules, but I think it’s similar in many others’.
Austria’s cemeteries probably have same number of rules but slightly different ones. One sees a lot of curly ironwork crosses and photos, although there are stone slabs as well. And the whole “rent this space for x years” deal ensures that the plots are maintained — once nobody’s around to remember you or take care of your grave, it’s gone. This makes a lot of sense to me. (I don’t even want a stone on my grave, when I’m gone. I’m hoping that green burials —Naturbestattung —will be more widespread by then.)

I was just in an Austrian cemetery yesterday, as a matter of fact, after singing at a funeral. A Protestant service and burial held in a village R. C. church, which I thought was pretty liberal of the church — the deceased had been its choir director. We sang Rheinberger and Mendelssohn. Back in America I was allowed once to sing the Schubert Ave Maria in a Methodist Church, although the music director was reluctant and made sure I knew this was an exception to their rules — the Ave Maria being everything they’d fought against, or something. Ya gotta have rules.

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2 Responses to >Graves

  1. Frangipan says:

    >I like cemeteries a lot, they always have a nice feel to them. The 'x number of years' for a grave makes a lot of sense, once people stop visiting graves become a little redundant anyway.

  2. Marcellina says:

    >My only regret would be that old graves in the U.S. were a big help to me when I was researching my family tree, not just the information chiseled onto them but the "neighbors", i.e. relatives buried nearby.

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