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Flowers on Graves: Beautifying a Loved One's Final Resting Place

Are you responsible for the upkeep of a loved one’s grave? Most cemeteries have groundskeepers, but they’re often only responsible for mowing and repairs. In that case, any flowering plants or beautification of an individual gravesite is up to family members or volunteers. Even if the cemetery is well maintained, it doesn’t hurt to beautify a loved one’s final resting place.

It’s important to check with the cemetery regarding rules, but it’s often possible to plant flowers on the grave. There may be restrictions on what you’re allowed to plant, as well as rules about maintenance, but if you get clearance, many types of flowers are a good fit for a gravesite.

  • Geraniums are a good choice because they’re bright and cheerful. Hardy and easy to maintain, they are available in a wide selection of colors. To keep them blooming, clip the spent flower heads. If the gravesite is in a warm climate, be aware that the geraniums might grow large and obscure the headstone.

  • Chrysanthemums require minimal maintenance and tend to be cold-hardy. They can be left in the ground, and they’ll return the next growing season; the primary maintenance required is deadheading blossoms and cutting back plant stems at the end of the season. Bonus: there are many types of chrysanthemums, so you can plant different ones and have blooms year-round.

  • Roses are beautiful but require some work. Most cemeteries will allow the planting of roses on a gravesite because maintenance workers can easily work around them. However, the workers generally won’t prune roses, so if you plant one, make sure you have time in your schedule to come back and tend it.

  • Wildflowers can be an easy way to add color. One of the benefits of wildflowers is that they reseed and bloom yearly, but it should be noted that some flowers that aren’t considered wildflowers will do the same thing. Annuals such as marigolds, salvia, zinnias and cosmos will come back each year for many years.

  • Daylilies are a good option because they don’t require much care. They’re very prolific growers, so unless you want them to spread over a large area, it’s best to have a border to contain them.

  • Low-spreading flowers that can handle frequent mowing are a great choice. Flowering rhyme, Roman chamomile, and some varieties of ajuga are colorful seasonal ground cover that will survive not only mowing but also foot traffic.

The peaceful grounds of Evergreen Cemetery were established in 1907 to serve the rapidly expanding Tucson community. Today, this beautiful setting for your loved one’s final resting place is a touchpoint for future generations to reflect and remember. Call to learn more about us, or visit the About Us page to schedule a tour.

5 Benefits of Funeral Pre-Planning [INFOGRAPHIC]

People pre-plan almost every major life event, but funeral pre-planning is the one occasion that often slips through the cracks. Although the idea of funeral pre-planning may initially feel uncomfortable, it is one of the most loving gestures you can make to your family. When you pre-plan funeral services, you take the burden of planning off the shoulders of your loved ones at a time when they will already be coping with the stress of grief. Pre-planning also gives you the opportunity to protect your loved ones financially from the cost of funerals by pre-paying for all or some of your service or purchasing funeral insurance policies to cover the costs. Find out more about the benefits of funeral pre-planning in this infographic from Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. Let us walk you through pre-planning a funeral in Tucson so you can feel confident that you’re doing everything you can to support your family when you’re gone. Spread the word about the benefits of pre-planning by sharing this information.

Funeral Planning Tucson

Tips for Following Proper Funeral Etiquette

A funeral service is an important ritual that allows families to grieve and find closure following the loss of a loved one. If you’re planning to attend a funeral and have questions about what is expected of you, then watch this video to learn about proper funeral etiquette.

Prior to the funeral service, make a brief appearance at the wake and express your condolences to the family. Remember that it’s important to wear appropriate funeral attire to both the wake and the funeral, and going with a black suit or dress is always a good option. Send flowers to the family or funeral home or make a charitable donation, if requested.

If you’re in need of mortuary or funeral services in Tucson, then please contact Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery today by calling (520) 888-7470.

Why Consider Funeral Pre-Planning?

Funeral Pre-Planning Tucson

More and more, individuals are opting to arrange their funerals in advance. However, because it’s natural to avoid thinking about death, many people never consider taking advantage of funeral pre-planning. Read on to learn how you could benefit from pre-planning your funeral.

To Design Your Funeral
If you’ve ever thought that you want a specific song to be played at your funeral, that you wish to be buried in a specific cemetery, or that you would prefer cremation for yourself over a traditional burial, then you have a reason to consider funeral pre-planning. By making decisions in advance regarding how your funeral will be carried out, you can feel comfortable with the knowledge that your wishes will be known following your passing.

To Support Your Family
Planning a funeral while dealing with the grief of losing a loved one can be an incredibly stressful process. If you want to relieve your surviving family from the burden of making the many decisions involved with funeral planning after your death, then consider funeral pre-planning. This option will provide your family members with information regarding your wishes and relieve them from having to guess at what you would have wanted.

To Make Financial Arrangements
With the many services involved, the costs of arranging a funeral can add up quickly and put a burden on your surviving family members. If you want to be sure that the costs of your funeral are covered in advance, then you can include this as part of the pre-planning process. Additionally, you can make the arrangements necessary for your bank accounts, benefits, and estate to be organized and in the right hands following your passing.

If you’re interested in funeral pre-planning in Tucson, then look no further than Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. In addition to mortuary, cremation, and cemetery services, we offer several resources to help you pre-plan a funeral ceremony of your choosing. Please call (520) 257-4831 for more information.

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