A reunion at a cemeteries make sense because these locations are often considered destinations. Historic, scenic or otherwise iconic, they can actually be desired idea for family gatherings for two important reasons: 1) family members can be at rest there and/or 2) they offer expansive park like settings, indoor niche rooms that can seat many people or reception rooms.
What we think is so fascinating about the idea of holding a family gathering or reunion at such a place is that your ancestors are already there. This can add a sense of family heritage and it can also allow family members to include loved ones in a such a gathering.
These graveside gatherings can become opportunities for family members to care for a gravesite. In some cases, people can bring flowers to decorate the spot or they can, depending upon the memorial park’s rules, create and install a family marker. People can also get creative with Memory Links that can store a wealth of family information on them. These links, activated by QR codes for smart phones allow visitors to take a group photo and upload that to the Memory Links’ cloud storage. Family members can also update a family tree to include newer family members.
It’s also possible for a family gravesite, mausoleum or family plot to be part of a larger reunion activity. People can tour cemeteries if the reunion is held nearby. Fun projects can include scavenger hunts of the burial grounds as well.
Those whose loved ones served in the military but are not located in veteran lawns or niches, can use the reunion as an opportunity to place a veteran’s marker at the gravesite. Proof of military service can mean that you can place a plaque on that person’s crypt or add a leaf to a memorial tree for those whose remains weren’t recovered or are buried elsewhere. Or you can have a monument set up at that soldiers’ grave. For more information, you can request an Application for Standard Government Monument, from Monument Services (42), Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20420.
So when you start making plans for your next (or first) family reunion, we encourage you to consider these options. They can keep your loved one’s memory alive.