The ABC reports Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery, known as the oldest, largest and most multicultural working cemetery in Australia, has introduced a system allowing you to Google Map yourself to a grave, or view a headstone and its monumentation in real-time.
Commencing this week, MidCoast Council is undertaking a program to ensure memorial monuments are made safe in cemeteries across the MidCoast region.
"We're assessing monuments in cemeteries, and where they pose a public safety risk, they will be laid down, with inscriptions facing up and visible," said Council's Manager of Community Spaces, Recreation and Trades, Dan Aldridge. Council will also take photos and keep records of inscriptions to ensure the preservation of full information about each monument and those buried there.
I came across an article in "The Atlantic" claiming New Zealanders love DIY coffins, suggesting that for the nearly departed there is a new bucket list entry; "Build your own casket".
The article points to "Coffin Clubs", which I had not heard of before. I mean, we have Mens Sheds- surely they'd be perfect for coffin building and the average age of the cohort would likely be quite right ?
Implementing a modern cemetery management solution can be a great investment in the future for your cemetery, but what are the key things to weigh up in making this decision? The core business of operating a cemetery is changing, with increased regulation, changes in community expectations, and advances in technology. Selecting the right solution that will help you to meet these changing demands is critical to keeping your cemetery relevant and equipped for the future.
Here are 5 key considerations when choosing a cemetery management solution for smaller cemeteries: