It could be because centuries ago Druids used to gather at Yew trees. Already known to be sacred spots, eventually churches were built near those trees. And the area containing the trees became the churchyard or the graveyard. Eternity becomes a real concept in these places but also a fantastic place for trees to take their time and spread their roots.
With the creation of Mount Auburn, America's Rural Cemetery Movement began. Consecrated in 1831, its founders were innovators. They dreamed of a cemetery that could serve as a peaceful place for burials in addition to a landscaped place of beauty where nature could thrive and life could be celebrated by everyone.
Why not take your children to visit their loved ones while smelling the flowers and breathing the fresh air? After the tears, they can enjoy the pleasure of the shade, the towering trees and the textured look and sound of the leaves. It's as if we're teaching them to say, "I will enjoy my time because it won't last forever."
At Mount Auburn the gardens, the detailed memorials, the hilly landscape and spectacular trees make "in perpetuity" seem like an opportunity to celebrate beauty and cultivate life forever.