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earth the home for saving global money genius tell stories of creative people and innovative projects around the world ideas that protect the climate and boost green energy solutions by global oil genius the final series of global 3000 on d w and online. at the stone mason and his assistants are delivering a gravestone to a cemetery in the western german city of essen. the stone was designed in their workshop and cut and inscribed there. that took nearly 3 months in all. for the stone masons their work at the cemetery is routine but always a solemn moment. the
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winner wanted a heart to commemorate his late wife a symbol that will remain here for the next 25 or 30 years. german cemeteries are changing visibly the way people are laid to rest is more varied so too is the design of the graves urn graves like this are becoming more common as 2 thirds of burials in germany are now cremations. especially from involve
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myself in the state of law and one and a body even the design of this grave is somewhat more elaborate than most but even that reflects a common trend to make graves so to speak easier to maintain this is. tied to. the small space occupied by an urn grave is much simpler to care for than a large family grave. but for a long time the christian churches disapproved of cremation. the lord preserved by going out and by coming in from this time for and forevermore amen. cremation appeared to deny the doctrine of the resurrection in a time honored practice christians were carried to their graves and buried in a coffin but since the 1970 s.
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the protestant churches in germany have relaxed their attitude towards cremation after all flames can't destroy a person's soul. gradually german catholics have followed suit and burials have become simpler. i think the significance of cemeteries seems to be changing from a solemn resting place for one's ancestors to a site where the dead can be shown respect but with a minimum of maintenance. the fact remains burial is a tradition that makes the passing of our loved ones more bearable. still a storm of one and when somebody dies they suddenly seem terribly far away we miss them and the feeling of loss is painful visiting their grave is an attempt to be close to the person who's left. in this way a grave can be
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a very intimate place where i have the feeling that i'm once again very close to the person who's died because i'm visiting them with a. good eye for instance when i walk past some graves i recall that i fished at the funeral of the person buried that that's almost like saying hello to them. and then the person always seems very close to me with gordon or 4 and they've been relieved to have the same experience knowing where their loved one is buried in. the legacy . but maintaining a grave can be hard work for americans is 85 years old at least once a week he visits the small graveyard belonging to his parish church. these parish cemeteries are quite common in germany they augment the large municipal cemeteries . americans believes it's important that the grave of his wife who
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died 9 years ago is well maintained. the retired mining engineer wanted a particular norwegian courtside for the headstone. the very. my name will also be written that one day so it's important to me to know what kind of stone it is and where it comes from. or through my love to someone polish and that's why i chose it for my wife's grave. actions pays a cemetery gardener to do the heavy work clipping hedges and reading but he takes care of the finer points himself placing flowers and candles on the great.
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smoke this classical technique does this is not decoration. it's more like greeting the dad or. in one day everyone remembers the whole family remembers oh now misty or not i'd like to draw your attention to these 3 stones because they have a special significance i know this round of adore took me reading your mind 3 grandchildren placed them there where my wife was buried for mine and. they brought the stones from the baltic coast to the stones varian size because of the grandchildren of various ages of course. and i sterns are still lying here nobody has taken the way. they are a sign of remembrance from the next generation nixon going to show.
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her true for when my wife was alive we often walked here in the cemetery. you get such a beautiful view from here it was strange of course but when she talked about a lovely view she said she wanted to be buried here and still it's a memory from the past and when i stand here and see the beautiful view i remember how it was. feel to mehrtens doesn't speak in terms of eternity resurrection or paradise he views himself his family and his wife as members of a community that defies death. he's lived this life has not simply disappeared it's not simply extinguished so it hasn't dissolved into nothing it's good that people say will be united again will meet again in the presence of god. we remain united by sharing in a living connectedness with what made us what we are to play the vital information
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. traditionally the individual grave has been a symbol of the connection between the living in the dead the cemetery has been a place of remembrance and of reflection. but some 20 years ago anonymous burials became more fashionable here the individual grave remains unmarked those who died didn't want to leave any trace of themselves quite literally at least in the cemetery. here from people that they don't want to be a burden on their relatives was. the trend towards anonymous burial under a warm which was popular for a long time has ended because the cemetery is now off a burial sites where the whole property as carefully maintained as one unit cop on
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the board tom this area of the park cemetery in essence is one such example the memorial garden is intended to be more than just the cemetary. it's designed to be a place of reflection. a boat in which the visitor can rest is a symbol of the journey from this world to the next a spring and a broke representing the eternal flow of life create a soothing atmosphere. 6 gardening firms that are actually competitors in the market are cooperating here to offer a come for hints of service. i think people want to visit the grave and remember what they want to be bothered with anything else at that moment i just want to claim that it's being taken care of.
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the cemetery gardeners design this memorial garden together and manage the project jointly. clients make a single payment and the firms guarantee they'll maintain the site for 25 years. there in is that the bereaved should enjoy coming here in spite of their grief. to me and i don't have to do anything here when i go to a store or a walk down the street i have to greet even if i have to be communicative but when i'm here in the cemetery i can be sad and i can feel the loss. and that's what's important right now it's a few here and here i meet other people who've had a similar experience who are in the same situation and that's what's important at this moment i think it's good that people know there is a place for this. but
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for. every visit to the cemetery is agonizing. he or she stops at her son's grave and relives an unbearable tragedy. he took his own life at the age of 13. called it's awful to stand at your own child's grave. problems describe the feeling. what's actually different. each time she comes here her anguish is intense she still doesn't know why her son took his life but she did manage to keep some connection to life by donating his organs.
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and us negative i didn't dwell on the negative aspects. like try to think about positive funds and toward that something good could be derived from his meaningless death on the people who received his organs were held. in conditions that offered me some comfort in the midst of all the senselessness talk of ons and . usually gravestones only hint at the tragedy behind an inscription. that's also true of the oldest headstones we can decipher here for instance at the church of st peter indorsement a city in north rhine-westphalia as the name suggests this was originally
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a catholic church since the reformation in the 16th century it's been lutheran. nobody today knows on a 15 story but her grave stone has survived. they did used to be buried around the parish church but as land became more valuable in towns and villages cemeteries were moved outside the city limits. in these new cemeteries monumental buildings were sometimes erected or parks laid out. symmetries in graves had to make an impression. in the artist in google in germany during the 19th century and what has been called
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the borzois era a tradition of splendid was cultivated in which the middle class individual was honored in the cemetery a list of his achievements and possibly a statue on which incredible sums of money was spent thus is is to launch the so-called monument culture that we had my own older than cemeteries but when your facts were admiring i achieved months of the urban borsch was evil and. not them slight and they click after the 2nd world war the splendor of the memorial culture associated with abortion era disappeared from german cemeteries with the experience of the war and the holocaust hanging over them germans no longer wanted to celebrate death but important. had seen too much horror joining the 2nd
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walk i leapt in jewish cemeteries all over germany you'll usually find a memorial to the people from that region who were murdered in the nazi concentration camps the number of very old stone is conspicuous here in the jewish tradition burial plots are never reused. the graves have to be left untouched until the end of day news and there's been a jewish community in germany for centuries. you wouldn't. believe in a resurrection after death just like christians because of them but unlike christianity judaism imposes a particular obligation towards the body and this process was on the. sky in these imports from the jewish cemeteries and jewish graves should remain forever in the grave there you would.
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be really thankful you know when somebody is buried their soul is not under the man they sell is with god and waiting for the moment in which the coming of world a messianic era will dawn given. a moment and which all people will come alive again and when i live mentioned on the belly that means that the soul is supposed to return to the body for crop are calm so the body must be there for the soul to find its place again how you have and. be defended. but the millions of jews murdered in the holocaust didn't find a grave and this presents jewish communities with an unresolved theological problem . besides the venerable old headstones in jewish cemeteries you'll find many new
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graves. most of the people buried here are jews from the former soviet union who came to germany between 19052004. of the quarter of a 1000000 jews many are now very elderly. the traditional ritual in jewish cemeteries is to place stones on graves often gravel. as a rule jews don't bring flowers to a cemetery instead they place these stones as a greeting and they don't necessarily make regular visits the dead should be left in peace. and i think the rabbis recommend not visiting the cemetery too often. as it's important and this was always the case in judaism that our faith focuses on life and. on
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top life is the most important thing that this period of mourning should serve to bring people who have lost loved ones back to their normal daily britain. and normal daily life as quickly as possible. for common. stone masons have been making headstones and monuments in this workshop for 80 years it's a family business next to the park cemetery and as. it's a trade requires real skill in craftsmanship business is good. they've never experienced a slump even when anonymous burials became popular. the grave may be silent but headstones speak. you know he thought us
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generally people want the stone to say something about the person who is buried not just the name date of birth date death but also how the person lived what hobbies they had all their profession but here. is what i say what i crave to express something important about the person to me by this. very few order a large aston tissues monument any more a stone like this a bit larger perhaps is the emotional limit. the firm delivers stone rochlitz porfiry cut to size from its own quarry sometimes the design is quite elaborate. the trend these days is toward park cemeteries where the graves are not anonymous. each grave is marked with one or 2 earns per plot instead of the family to the
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square meter for a married couple. the flu since the advent of low maintenance grades for instance in part cemeteries each grave is generally marked by a stone slab with the name and with details or even with symbols of. the impressions of. the lawn is mowed regularly by the cemetery gardener the system is cheap and the cemetery always looks good. under this cross the graves are spread out in a particular pattern you'll find this phenomenon in all the larger german cemeteries their graves that pay testimony to the horror of war. when he visited we've conducted studies on war graves at the university and established that people believe it's very important to know where their soldier relative is buried or have a photo of the burial site
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a photo of the cross on the grave or of the hysterical and i also believe it's important to visit the place as does not ought to be. an example from history the former colony german south west africa present day no media. between 1000 no 4 and 1800 the 2nd unleashed a shocking war of annihilation on the indigenous herero people. an estimated 80000 herero died as well as several 100 german troops. the germans were buried with military honors and more than 100 years later the graves are still maintained by the german war graves commission. but these crosses don't mark only soldiers' graves the dead include civilian
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victims of allied bombing raids in the 2nd world war some of them children women and old people. these graves are not a glorification of war but a memorial to the suffering it causes a cemetery is intended to give consolation. abdon obviously it consoles me when somebody embraces me and says the grind it does when that happens here the 2 of you know meet up and sit on a bench together and ask each other how they're doing out in the flesh and then he can say i had a bad nights i didn't sleep well i miss him so much toast people comfort each other like you listen and i know when i come here this time of day i'll meet hama dozens people who know about each other i said what and that. caused. it was your toilets also consoling simply to enter the silence. perhaps in
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conversation with the last one in this great storm and. perhaps simply to think about the relationship of god knows what connected and not saying no. them also gave us vavasor i think this place allows full of that and it off is going to play sions the audit allows us just told us that. germany's muslim population increased significantly in the last century now muslims have their own burial sites oriented towards mecca. the migrant workers who came to this country in the 1960 s. and seventy's often wanted to be buried in their country of origin. but islam requires that the dead be buried before sunset on the day they die whenever possible. this dilemma has largely disappeared now the 2nd and 3rd generation of descendants view germany as their home.
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with a muslim population of some 3 and a half 1000000 the demand for burial sites has also increased. here a new section for muslim graves is being cleared they will of course face mecca. only half the plots in german cemeteries are now used for traditional burial gaps are emerging between the old family tombs. form of aerial sites are being turned into parking lots crim a sion has become significantly more popular. the most and also in the 2 are we want to get out into the country and indulge our love of nature that has been part of our culture since the romantic era and found expression in park and forest cemeteries quite early on the difference now is that nature is the criteria long long for
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a lot of the cemeteries try to imitate not troll areas of all extensive woodland for example but i think it. a final resting place beneath trees instead of a traditional cemetery a simple internet search throws up more than 60 examples in germany from the black forest to the eiffel region and a group of old forest in berlin. the graves are usually anonymous only a number on the tree indicates that an urn is buried here containing a person's actions the harm the tool if you often find this is low maintenance burial it's no longer common for relatives to be living in the same place as the person who has died sometimes they live hundreds of kilometers away free crave means low maintenance for decades but it can still be visited like a traditional grave. only the initiated know where a particular person has been laid to rest to be buried among the roots of an oak or beech tree seems to be
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a typically german wish whether religious or not people like the idea of participating in the eternal cycle of life. was. am.
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