The Value of a Cemetery; the Virtues of a Beautiful Cemetery

No one needs to explain the virtues of a beautiful cemetery to the lot owners who have already bought into it. At a recent 100th anniversary celebration of a local cemetery, a nearly one-sided conversation with a lot owner reminded me of this. Standing near her family lot in a well-landscaped section drenched in fall colors, she was effusive in her description of the cemetery’s beauty and peacefulness. Unfortunately, if there is no emotional tie to a cemetery or time spent within its gates, individuals and local agencies may not see these true qualities. Their opinions may be guided by stereotypes and simple ignorance. As a cemetery planner with Grever & Ward in Orchard Park, N.Y., I’ve seen numerous people concerned about cemetery development in their community.