Patrick shares stories of the New Fall Tradition of Cemetery Grave Adoptions that he started last year, and meet Little Johnnie and Clara. He also gives tips and recommendations, so that you can begin your own grave adoption project.
For more on Little Johnnie and Clara, and for photos from last year's grave adoptions, visit Adopting Graves 2013: My Thoughts and a Look Back on a New Tradition.
For Renae Rude – The Paranormalist's post that inspired this tradition, visit Graveyards, churchyards and cemeteries: spending an afternoon with the dead.
8 Tips to start your new Grave Adoption Tradition:
- Know that you have the right to be in a cemetery to pay your respects, just be sensitive and respectful of others.
- Choose a grave or head stone that is interesting to you, most likely older, and out of respect, one that doesn't already have signs of regular visitors, or family members paying respects.
- If you’re interested in the genealogy of this project, be sure to choose a head stone that still clearly displays a name and dates.
- Realize that the days will get shorter as you get deeper into the fall. Most cemeteries have times posted when the cemetery is closed, and it’s usually “dusk”.
- Bring meaningful gifts or flowers on each visit… but realize that you’re responsible for disposing of them later.
- Don’t be afraid to just talk casually, or even flat out describe your new tradition to your adopted soul.
- Take photos on each visit. Document the work you’re doing, if for nothing else, to inspire others.
- Have fun… don’t take it too seriously… and definitely don’t make it about MOURNING or being SAD.
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