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Gravesite Decorating: A Fitting Memorial for Loved Ones

Gravesite Decorating: A Fitting Memorial for Loved Ones

When loved ones pass on, their gravesite becomes a memorial to family and friends who want to pay their respects from time to time. Decorating a headstone adds a personal touch to a loved one’s gravesite, making it that much more special for family and friends when they visit.   

Before embellishing a loved one’s headstone, check with cemetery officials to see if there are any stipulations you should follow. Once you have approval, there are various ways you can go about it:

Work Together as a Family

Decorating a loved one’s headstone should be a family affair with everyone pitching in ideas and participating in the project. Grave decorating can help promote unity among relatives and could even become a family tradition that families look forward to with joy. 

When decorating gravestones, families should consider how their loved would want to be remembered. By using décor that depicts the deceased’s personality, character, interests or lifestyle, families can celebrate their loved one's life. 

Grave site décor can be serious or humorous, simple or elaborate. There’s no particular mold or pattern that families have to follow. The idea is to create a setting that will act as a tribute to the deceased’s life.  

 floral decorations are quite common in cemeteries, with carnations being the traditional flower. However, families are free to choose whatever flora or fauna they desire to remember their loved one.

Ideas for Decorating a Gravesite

Here are a few ways families can decorate a loved one's site:

Small Stones: under Jewish custom, small stones are placed on a grave when Jewish people die. Although the origin of this tradition is unknown, there are various stories behind the custom. Some people believe that placing stones on the grave keeps the deceased’s soul in this world longer. Others think the stones represent a person’s legacy which lasts a long time. Although this is a Jewish ritual, it is observed by people of various faiths today.

Flowers: floral decorations are quite common in cemeteries, with carnations being the traditional flower. However, families are free to choose whatever flora or fauna they desire to remember their loved one.

Seasonal Decorations: seasonal décor has become quite popular over the years as people remember their loved ones on special holidays. A beautiful wreath or poinsettia plant next to the headstone serves as a reminder at Christmas that loved ones are not forgotten. Flags are often the décor of choice for such holidays as Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.

Solar Lights: solar lights in the shape of a candle, cross or heart can be attached to a loved one’s headstone to illuminate the gravesite at night. These little beacons of light are not only attractive but symbolic in representing how a loved one rises above the darkness to dwell in the light.

Stuffed Animals or Toys: a child’s grave could be decorated with stuffed animals or favorite toys as a symbol of comfort and love. Grieving parents may find this décor an appropriate tribute to a child they have lost.

Decorating a grave site is a means of celebrating a loved one’s life. For more ideas on gravesite decorating and how to put it into practice, contact Pearson Funeral Home at 502-896-0349.

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