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Decorating Gravestones and Gravesites

Decorating Gravestones and Grave-sites

Ideas for Decorating a Gravestone and Gravesite

  • What is the most popular method for decorating a tombstone to honor the deceased? Add a wreath, grave blanket, or some other aesthetic floral arrangement on it. You may bring natural or artificial flowers, too. Avoid bringing artificial flowers during the growing season, though. Make sure you approve the item with the cemetery. Nevertheless, most cemeteries prefer fresh-cut flowers.
  • Ask the cemetery ground keeper about the type of trees that you may plant at the graveside. Choose a small tree, shrub, or potted flowering plant from the available options. Plant it near the grave or on the sides to pay respect to the departed loved one. It serves as a living memorial. Trim the plant every year when you visit the site to avoid overgrowth that may hide the gravestone. Though pretty, still avoid planting rose bush as it requires extra care. More often than not, people plant chrysanthemums, wildflowers, and geraniums at the headstones. They require minimal maintenance.
  • Decorate the gravestone of an infant or young child with a teddy bear or some other adorable toy.
  • On special occasions like birthdays, any anniversary, death and anniversary. You may have a small memorial gathering at the gravesite with decoration around the grave. However, we advise removing this sort of decoration before you leave. It may be inappropriate and disrespectful for other mourners.
  • During Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc., you may put up decorations that reflect the occasion. However, make sure you remove the items within a week.

  • People generally decorate the gravesite with a cross or a decorative flag pole with a decorative flag. Along with stepping stones (flush with the ground). Also, hinged veteran emblems, solar lights, and a framed photo of the departed loved one or family. As well as a bird feeder, and pinwheels. Make use of objects such as sea glass, seashell, marble chips, garden ornaments, craft stones, mosaic stones, and other gravestone décor items.
  • Prepare a cross yourself by using assorted evergreens and berries on a plastic foam cross base.
  • Placing a piece of memorabilia as a reminder of a special event or occasion is another headstone decoration idea.
  • You can bring religious memorial pebbles. Avoid outlining the border of the gravesite with rocks or fencing material. It is better to plan the type of decoration you want and then go shopping for the items. You may plan a candlelight vigil, too.
We suggest that you inform the cemetery about your gravestone decoration plans. This is so the gifts, memorials, and tributes left on the gravesite are not removed during cleaning. In addition, avoid leaving valuable items on the gravestone as they could be stolen.
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