Properly maintaining your loved one’s gravesite after they have passed is a way to not only keep the gravesite tidy, but also express the love and care you still feel for them. Keeping their gravesite looking nice doesn’t require a lot of effort, but it does require attention to a few key elements. Directors of funeral homes in Michigan City, IN. share what these elements are.
Trash and Debris
Trash and debris can build up over your loved one’s gravesite very easily. There may be trash that has been carried there by the wind or floated in from a heavy rain. Also, other guests may leave trash lying around. In any case, take a trash bag and clear away ay trash on and around the gravesite.
Also look for, and clear away, any debris such as twigs or broken limbs, rocks, or other natural elements that to be removed.
Plants and Flowers
After all of the trash and debris is cleared away, you then want to turn your attention to any plants and /or flowers around the gravesite. If there are any weeds than need to be pulled, do so. If flowers need pruning or deadheading, make sure to do that as well.
Also, look for any flowers that you might have left last time you visited. If it has been a while, are the flowers wilted? Often times the cemetery will take care of this, but if they missed it make sure to remove any old flowers.
Clean the Headstone
Once the grounds around the gravesite are cleaned, you will need to clean the headstone. Depending on what material it is made from, you will use different cleaning solution. For example, you may not use the same cleaning solution on a marble headstone as one made from limestone. To know which solution you should use, check with your headstone provider.
Once you know what cleaning solution to use, the process is the same for all headstone materials. You will soak the headstone first with water. You can do this with a water hose, spray bottle, or bucket. Then, taking a soft bristled brush and the cleaning solution, you will give the headstone a good scrubbing. Finally, rinse the headstone with clean water to rinse away all of the cleaning solution.
Look For Damage
Before you leave the gravesite, take a few minutes and inspect it. Look at the headstone. Are there any cracks? Fading? Chips? See if any repairs need to be made and if so be sure to call the professionals to have those taken care of. Next, turn your attention to the grave itself. Are there any signs of collapsing or the ground shifting? If so, make sure you contact the cemetery and let them know.
Maintaining and cleaning your loved one’s gravesite is a loving act that honors them. While the8 cemetery may take care of some of the general upkeep, nobody can give your loved one that special care as you can.