When the weather is sunny and warm, flowers either planted or placed on the grave of a loved one is quite common. It’s a nice way to remember a loved one and celebrate their memory. During the cold winter months, the placement of greens, such as a grave blanket, wreath or pillow is another beautiful way to honor a loved one’s final resting place and the décor can last all winter long.
Although the tradition of grave blankets and their historical relevance is uncertain, what we do know for sure is that it’s an extension of adorning the gravesite in the winter months with lovely colors and the smell of fresh evergreens. Decorated with colorful bows or artificial flowers, grave blankets and greens are ideal gravesite markers that turn the greys of winter into something more appealing.
Wander a cemetery during the winter months and you will certainly come across an array of various arrangements of greenery decorated with pine cones and ribbons lying upon gravesites.
A grave blanket is usually placed upon a grave around Thanksgiving or in early December when all foliage is gone. A smaller version of a blanket commonly known as a grave pillow, can also be placed up near the headstone. In addition, wreaths are common and appropriate.
Typically cemeteries will remove most winter greens and decorations during the month of March, allowing for the arrival of spring and a new growing season.
If you would like information on placing greens or winter decorations at your loved ones grave, you’re always welcome to contact the funeral home at any time. We can help you in adhering to the specific cemetery restrictions, as well as find a florist or greenhouse that can assist in providing a winter decoration of your desire.
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