Our local square newly replanted with chrysanthemums for Toussaint.
French graveyards seem to me to be rather grey and forbidding, so the flowers cause quite a transformation.
From this, taken four weeks ago:
Whether Toussaint or not, French graveyards look very different from English ones. The following picture, taken at a small parish church in England last spring, is very typical.
Plenty of greenery and grass all around. Yew trees, once considered sacred, are very frequently found in British graveyards. Here they are clipped into topiary shapes.
Recently in the UK, woodland burials have been gaining in popularity. My parents chose a more natural and environmentally friendly place to be buried, with the grave marked by a tree and the area kept as wild and natural as possible. People are encouraged to plant trees and wild flowers rather than leaving pots of chrysanthemums here.
Woodland burial would be my choice I think, though I'm fairly sure it isn't available in France. Are green/natural burial sites allowed elsewhere in the world? Are they increasing in popularity as they are in the UK?