Re: Community Cemetery
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 05:20:36 -0800 (PST)
Sometimes the burial site becomes a point of connection that the living want to access, even if only emotionally.

What if someone you loved was buried in a place you could never visit or felt was now a strange place because someone else bought the house? Family burial plots in the backyard or on top of the hill assume continuity.

Perhaps this would work best if you had an area on the land that was designated as a cemetery so children and parents could always visit and that was accessible in some privacy. I've known parents of children who visited their graves regularly for decades.

My mother has had her grave site picked for many years, next to her mother and father, and a few years ago put up her own headstone. She visits often but has moved several times during that period.

The isolation of cemeteries, or their placement next to or in the church, also makes them private.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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