Research shows that digging in the earth’s soil is soothing, comforting and peaceful. When planting seedlings, cultivating the ground, and nurturing flowers, we experience happiness from our fruitful labor. Each year we plant gardens knowing when the first frost comes the flowers will die. However, we have hope because in the spring we will once again plant flowers. The cycle of life mimics the cycle of nature. Although grief may never go away, gardening may be a therapeutic option that provides hope.
The mission of South Jersey Catholic Cemeteries is to not only bury and pray for the dead, but also to comfort and console those grieving. Consequently, we are happy to announce that we have expanded our new Garden Permit Program to all Diocesan managed cemeteries. “We offered a pilot program at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Berlin this year and after much success we have decided to offer it at all of the Diocesan managed cemeteries,” stated Marianne Linka, Director of Cemeteries.
Anne Good from Atco, New Jersey expressed her appreciation, “My daughter and I were very pleased and happy to be given this opportunity. I have already signed up for 2019.” Marianne Linka and the staff at South Jersey Catholic Cemeteries are hopeful that by offering this program they will help grieving families find peace. The Garden Permit Program allows for the annual planting of flowers in front of monument markers giving family members the ability to care for the final resting place of their loved one. The Program runs from March 21, the first day of spring, to October 1. Families are permitted to plant annuals along with placing memento items and objects within the boundary of the border installed by the cemetery field workers.
For more information about the program call your local cemetery office or call 855-MyPrePlan (855-697-7375).