Karlsruhe (dpa / lsw) - Across Germany it is an average of 72 percent - in some municipalities in the southwest, up to 80 percent of the people can now be cremated. This brings the cemeteries a reverse space problem: What to do with the areas of graves that have become free and that are being abandoned or not even in demand? According to Frank-Michael Littwin from the National Association of Cemetery Administrators in Germany, many cemeteries are being reorganized or have already developed concepts in recent years.
As late as the 1970s and 1980s, the area of cemeteries was calculated with a view to burials, says Littwin. "It's over." Municipalities and cemetery administrators have long needed ideas for new uses, he says. Insect-friendly meadows, playgrounds, green oases of peace. Some things are just being considered, some have already been implemented or are in the planning stage. There is no magic formula.