There were several people out at the cemetery putting flags on the graves of veterans. There is not a flag on Joe’s grave because he did not serve in the military. I did put a red, silver and blue pinwheel in the vase as he was very patriotic. Besides, pinwheels are foo-foo items and Joe did not like foo-foo.
Graves need cared for every day and not just for Memorial Day.
Some people bury their loved one and then never return to the cemetery. Others are at the cemetery daily, weekly or monthly.
How often you choose to visit your spouses grave is up to you. People will advise you to never visit it again as your loved one is not there. Well if that is true then what was in the casket that was buried?
Joe’s earthly body is in the ground however, the best part of him is in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
How often do I visit joe’s grave? A minimum of twice a year, once at the end of March and once at the beginning of November.
The Bible reminds us how important it is to help others.
He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers[b] or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”Luke 14 12-14 (ESV) (emphasis mine)
Just as the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind can not repay you, neither can the dead. You show kindness and respect for your loved one when you check the grave site.
When Mother Nature decides to unleash a very bad thunderstorm, I will drive out the next day to make sure the flowers were not blown away. As long as I see the pinwheel when driving into the cemetery, I know the foo-foo flowers are still there and there is no need walk up the slope to the grave.
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Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.