• Date: 03/11/2017
  • Cemetery: GMCT Home

The global cemetery industry and the communities they serve would benefit from working together to create emotive landscapes in memorial parks, says GMCT CEO Jacqui Weatherill.

That was Jacqui’s key message during her speech at Northern Memorial Park during the Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association’s (ACCA) national conference last month.  Over 100 delegates from across Australia and overseas visited Fawkner and Northern Memorial Parks for a one-day field trip during the conference.

During the presentation, Jacqui said visitors to cemeteries and memorial parks were attracted to landscapes that stirred their emotions and lifted their hearts. And, she suggested that cemetery organisations around the world work together and share ideas on what key elements are required to create emotive landscapes.

“It’s important in dealing with strong, adverse emotions to have some respite – a calm place in a busy city to escape from the stress," she said.

“Beautiful gardens and landscapes create a sense of inner peace and healing and are calming and nurturing.

“Well designed and special landscapes such as Fawkner Memorial Park evoke this type of special response. It’s not just how the park looks – it’s how the park makes you feel.”

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At the end of her speech, Jacqui said industry workshops involving participants from around the world could improve understanding of the unique issues cemetery organisations should consider when planning for the future, including the creation of emotive landscapes.

GMCT is interested to explore how our cemeteries can best meet your needs and the needs of our diverse communities. We want to create landscapes that have meaning for you and promote peace and healing.

What do you think are the ‘must have’ factors for a landscape to be truly emotive?  We’d love to know the landscapes that touch your emotions - and why.

Please email us at corpcomms@gmct.com.au if you’re interested in sharing your ideas, or comment on our Facebook post