as we did last year, over the easter weekend mrs d and i stayed with the sisters of the [communität casteller ring][ccr-schwanberg] on the schwanberg again. in contrast to last year, when we had snow on good friday, this year the weather was just splendid with the sun shining from wednesday afternoon all the way through monday when we returned to erlangen.
i really enjoyed the “time out” from my job and from the day-to-day hustle and bustle and took the chance to think several things through and reach a kind of internal consensus on some of them.
ever since i’d seen american cemeteries with their open, park-like appearance — in contrast to the european but certainly in contrast to the german and swiss ones with their rows and rows of “burial allotments” — i had been fascinated[^1] with the concept of a friendly, open, and peaceful cemetery and found it sad that there was nothing comparable available in my home country, germany…
…until a couple of years ago when we learned about the _friedwald_ concept, where, after cremation, one gets buried next to a tree in a specially designated forest, the [_friedwald_][friedwald].
somewhere around 2006/2007 we learned during one of our stays on the schwanberg that a friedwald was going to be established on the schwanberg. ever since both mrs d and i had wanted to buy a final resting place for both of us there but somehow had never got around to it. so, this easter we went and acquired our last and final resting places: it’s tree #282, a lovely spot close to the old celtic wall.
you are welcome to visit 🙂
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[^1]: well, in a way. don’t get me wrong: i’m more fascinated with the living, with life than with death, so nothing to worry about.[^2]
[^2]: more than usual that is 😉