By Melissa Petruzzi.
Spring has arrived, and with it comes warm, sunny weather and a fresh, new outlook as restrictions are slowly being lifted and we’re getting back to our regular lifestyles. With the weather improving we’re all spending more time outdoors, and there’s no better time to stop by your local cemetery to visit your loved ones or simply take a stroll in the beautiful scenery. You may not think of cemeteries as cheerful places, but they are the perfect, free place to appreciate history and scenic nature walks. Before you plan your next visit to your local cemetery, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Be sure to consider your cemetery’s hours of operation before visiting. During the spring and summer months, some cemeteries may choose to lengthen their hours, as there are more hours of daylight. Other cemeteries may still be restricting visitation currently, so it’s a good idea to check beforehand.
Make sure you are also considering the rules and regulations regarding gravestone decorations at any cemetery you visit. It’s no secret that many people enjoy placing flower arrangements on their loved ones’ graves this time of year, so if you choose to do so be sure the cemetery you are visiting allows it. It is not uncommon for fresh flowers to be prohibited at cemeteries, so you may have to be creative with other options, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still create a meaningful display for your loved one. Some popular choices include solar lights, wind chimes, artificial flowers, and grave blankets.
With all of these factors in mind, you’re prepared to have a safe and enriching visit to your favorite local cemetery. Make the experience of visiting loved ones who have passed a joyous celebration of their life. Get out there and enjoy the beauty of spring!