As my four years in Germany comes to a close, I wanted to make sure I took at least one walk through a local cemetery. I have driven by countless cemeteries in the US and have walked through a few. I am like most people and try to avoid them, although I am extremely curious about the lives of the people who have passed.
As I walked through the cemetery today, I noticed a few things very interesting. I noticed the cemetery was full of uniquely decorated plots with one-of-a-kind headstones and decorations that were neat and orderly. The pretty items that were placed in front of the headstones looked pricey (compared to the plastic flowers in the US). The decorations were not placed on grass, but dirt. There were no weeds to be found in the entire cemetery. I was told that the plot belongs to the family for only 25 years. After that, there is an additional fee or another deceased person will be buried and placed on top. This is due to limited land that can be used for cemeteries.
Walking through the cemetery today was a somber experience because it reminds me that my life and the lives of my loved ones is finite. There was some sweetness in knowing that the memory of the deceased truly lives on in the lives of the living. Certainly these living family members miss their loved ones dearly. Germans are known to visit the cemetery often.