• Date: 30/07/2018
  • Cemetery: GMCT Home

GMCT recently received a heartfelt letter from 11-year-old Lily, sharing her wish to place flowers on graves as a sign that nobody is forgotten. Lily’s voice and insight is important as we plan the future of our cemeteries – for future generations.

GMCT first received an email from Jenny, Lily’s mother. Jenny wrote:

Recently we visited Lilydale Lawn Cemetery. A couple of days later my daughter gave me the attached piece of writing she had composed about her visit to the cemetery. I have shared her writing and ideas with you as I believe the sentiment in one so young is worthy of recognition and acknowledgment.

She also informed me that she would like to start a volunteer group that can tend to the graves she describes and would also like to introduce a national remembrance day for those that have been forgotten or do not have anyone left to remember them.

Below is a snippet of the letter from 11-year-old Lily:

Today I visited Lilydale Lawn Cemetery. I have developed an interest some may say, a form of passion, for the concept of death. In death, just because a person’s life has ended, does not mean no matter what their life meant, or how they chose to spend their time, that they deserve to be forgotten. As I noticed, many say ‘In Memory Of’ … but if no one is going to remember them then what is the purpose of writing it over their body? As well as ‘In Memory Of’, R.I.P or Rest in Peace is also common. But how can a person truly rest in peace if there is no one to care if they do or not?

During my school holidays I am going to pick 100 flowers from my own garden and lay a single one at every forgotten grave so that their souls can truly rest in peace because they will know that they have not been forgotten. No one deserves to be forgotten. So I will never forget.

The end.


Jenny has since provided a photo of Lily’s excursion back to the cemetery to lay flowers during her school holidays (at left). 

GMCT has also put Lily and her mother in touch with some local friends groups and community organisations to ensure she can continue to explore her interest in remembrance and memorialisation.

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