Graveyard Administrator Convention
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6. October 2022 | 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Graveyard Administrator Convention 2021

„Space for Mourning“ – Model cemeteries and structural data surveys

On October 25, 2019, the HeilsameAbschiede (Healing Farewells) congress was held in Cologne, Germany, to discuss how cemeteries could be established as an attractive "space for mourning." Following the congress, measures were planned throughout Germany to put the results of the conference into practice. The majority of the projects could not be realized. But in the state of Hesse, the working group Hessendialog, initiated by Stefan Friedel, Treuhandstelle für Dauergrabpflege Hessen Thüringen, took up the impulses. The idea arose to examine at so-called pilot cemeteries to what extent essential aspects of dealing with mourners could be incorporated into the operational processes of the burial grounds.

The administrations of three cemeteries of different sizes agreed to carry out the project.  At the cemeteries in Frankfurt, Offenbach and Heusenstamm, an attempt will be made to develop a new self-image for dealing with mourners among those involved in cemetery operations. The conference will provide criteria to consider when launching a project that aims to better meet the changing needs of mourners and thus increase the acceptance of cemeteries.

Finally, a look at other project ideas that have developed from the "Space for Mourning" project is planned.

Already in 2016, the Hessian Association of Towns and Municipalities, in cooperation with the Hessendialog in the Network Cemetery and Dr. Martin Venne, conducted a structural data survey in connection with the inventory and development in the field of cemeteries in Hesse. The result was an inventory and the determination of reliable data material, which made it possible to show corresponding developments. The results of a structural data survey conducted by the Association of Towns and Municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia will be presented this year.

In addition to the "Model Cemeteries" project, these surveys of existing data form a basis for creating strategies for the value and further development of cemeteries, in order to bring the cemetery back into the consciousness of the citizens as part of the municipal provision of public services and infrastructure.

Umfrage zur Erhebung von Strukturdaten hessischer Friedhöfe
Im Auftrag des Hessendialoges im Netzwerk Friedhof

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Ecology as a chance for the cemetery

October 8, 2019
The topic of neo-ecology is currently one of the so-called megatrends. Against the background of a generally increasing awareness of the need for a responsible use of the earth's resources, it is high time to ask what can be achieved and changed in this respect in the cemetery. In view of the importance of the topic, it is not really a big deal that the cemetery is well placed in terms of its public perception to show that it is on the cutting edge of environmental awareness.
We are interested in the importance that nature can have on the cemetery for mourning. Furthermore, we would like to know what insights nationally and nationally active institutions can provide for practical nature conservation in cemeteries. What projects in terms of biodiversity and material awareness are being developed in the areas immediately adjacent to the cemetery – i.e. for grave planting, grave signs and burials? Can an environmental management label for the cemetery make a difference? How can the experience of nature be communicated didactically in a cemetery-specific way? In the end, you will be asked again: Is there anything remarkable about your cemetery that can be reported about environmentally conscious action?


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Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V.

Zentralinstitut für Sepulkralkultur

Museum für Sepulkralkultur

Weinbergstraße 25–27
D-34117 Kassel | Germany
Tel. +49 (0)561 918 93-0