Today’s Thoughts for Thursday is on cemetery image problems, and no I don’t mean problems with pictures that you take in a cemetery.
Do you know of cemeteries plagued by vandalism, illegal dumping, theft, or worse? I’m sure that for many of you, the answer is yes.
There is a cemetery not too far away from where I live that has dealt with all of these issues in recent weeks. As I enjoy this cemetery, and respect those that run it, I am not going to say the name of this particular cemetery or give its location, but suffice to say, this place has a big image problem right now.
Like many landlocked, older cemeteries, most of the plots have been purchased, and new land acquisition just isn’t going to happen. So money really isn’t coming in, making camera surveillance to track vandalism and other goings-on too costly an option for this largish-for-here cemetery (25,000 burials). The purchase of a gate at the cemetery’s expense, which some local residents are calling for in light of recent events, is also too costly. The cemetery has never had a gate, and even if there were a gate, it would only deter some negative activities because it would only prevent vehicles from getting in.
Being a larger cemetery, there are many trees (some older), paved roads, dirt roads, and many pretty gravestones. I feel there is a lot of potential here.
How would you convince the cemetery’s neighbors and the rest of the general public that the cemetery isn’t a bad place, that it’s just experiencing a rough patch because of the actions of outside individuals, and that it is a place worth helping out and investing in?
As always I look forward to hearing from you!