I found this BBC article about a graveyard in Colchester dubbed the “
Obviously I took note because I’m from
There’s a good deal to suggest “classes” don’t exist in the
But that’s not to say class clashes don’t carry on to this day. If anything, what I like about the article is the confirmation that class superiority is more about taste than about money, which I suspect has always been the case.
Personally I can see it both ways – windchimes can certainly be annoying, and the need for cheap, plastic and showy ornamentation says more about the emotional needs of the living than it does about the dead. On the other hand it’s not the Victorian age any more, and our attitudes towards death don’t need to revolve around silence/black/stone/dullness/mourning any more. I certainly wouldn’t want people to be boring and stuffy when I die.
Maybe we need to set up “fun” graveyards where people can be as tacky and weird as they want?