Cemetery Volendam (NL): the catholic way?

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The (catholic) village of Volendam has a quite abundant cemetery, situated on the rather small church grounds. The graves are kept for 13 years and they are cleared after that to make space for new burials. Almost all graves carry a picture of the deceased, and besides their names there is also a lot of additional text and information on the graves, giving them a personal touch. There are signs of extensive grave visits. There is a seperate plot for the 14 victims of the so called ‘new year’s fire’ in café ‘t Hemeltje of 01-01-01. There is a seperate plot for urn-burials (20 years). Children are buried on seperate plots also and these graves are not cleared. Also on old children’s grave there are fresh flowers.

Interesting is the striking contrast with the sober (Protestant) cemetery of neighbouring Marken.


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