In honor of Dia de los Muertos, let's talk Cemeteries
|Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans. |
Image courtesy of joseph a
What do you think is a cemetery’s most important role?
- A home for the bodies (and maybe spirits) of the dead
- A place for the living to visit the memory of the departed
- A green space (park)
- A repository for history (a museum)
|Montmartre Cemetery, Paris. Image courtesy of Pagoo!|
|Okunoin Cemetery (奥の院), South of Ōsaka, Japan. |
Image courtesy of eien no dreamer
We had Easter egg hunts there, trying not to get our new white patent-leather shoes too wet in dewy St. Augustine grass.
Elsewhere, outside of Southern Louisiana
You don't see too many of these types of cemeteries in the rest of the U.S.; at least, I haven't.
|Wainwright Tomb by Louis Sullivan, Bellefontaine.|
Image courtesy of Viking55 via Wikimedia.
Most other cemeteries I've seen in America are decidedly less "urban," and much more like a park with monuments.
The Bellefontaine cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, has a number of architecturally significant monuments and is quite beautiful.
It's a completely different feeling to the military cemeteries, with their fields of numbered, equivalent headstones.
|Bellefontaine Cemetery. Image courtesy of ChrisYunker|
Designing for the DeadDid you know that the rules of Feng Shui are turned on their heads for cemetery design? White is black and up is down.
|Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.|
Image courtesy of Sebastian Fuss.
How do we want to be remembered? Do we even expect to be remembered or do we imagine that our loved ones will merely move on. Are we even worth remembering?
|Henry Family Plot, at Manassas/Bull Run, Virginia.|
Image courtesy of Mr. T in DC