07 Feb Alternatives to Graveside Flowers
Many people want to pay their respects to loved ones with graveside flowers. However, some cemeteries have rules regarding when and where you can put arrangements. For instance, most places will allow flowers or other memorabilia on Memorial Day but will remove them a couple of weeks later.
Because flowers fade, objects get scattered, and they want to keep everything looking nice for those who come to visit the grave sites. Therefore, it is not a good idea to leave anything of sentimental value when you visit.
Many cemeteries allow permanent flower arrangements if you have an urn installed that meets their guidelines. Instead of flowers, you might consider some of these alternatives.
A Potted Plant
Rather than cut flowers, consider putting a flowering plant in your flower urn. Geraniums are an overwhelming favorite at gravesites because they are both sturdy and colorful.
You will need to water your plant weekly. Maintenance of the gravesites does not usually include upkeep of flowers or plants.
Graveside lights are pretty and don’t require the continual upkeep that a plant does. Always check the rules before installing anything at the gravesite. This includes the marker, flowers, urn, statuary, and lights.
A Memorial Stone or Statue
Apart from the grave marker, some gravesites have a memorial stone. Stone can be etched with either picture images or text. You may also want to consider a stone statue. Many choose an angel or another figure to watch over their loved one’s resting place.
Check the Cemetery Rules
Because space is at a premium and they want the landscape to appear clean and uncluttered, cemeteries have very strict rules. Always check with them before ordering a monument or purchasing an urn for graveside flowers. You will find that, while not just anything is allowed, most of the rules provide for some type of memorial.
Always in Stone designs graveside memorials for the people of Elkhart County in Indiana and Michigan. If you want more information on cemetery rules regarding graveside flowers, come by our showroom or give us a call. We keep a database of restrictions for all the cemeteries in our service area.