Finding unused spaces in a historic cemetery
The New York Times' latest story on Green-Wood Cemetery might be of interest to any cemetery interested in finding new grave spaces in old sections.
But despite the title ("Where the bodies aren't buried"), the story is primarily a feature on Kestutis Demereckas, who has worked at Green-Wood for 17 years. It doesn't go into detail about how he determines precisely where there are available spaces, saying only that he uses cemetery maps, surveys and burial records.
The story notes that Green-Wood has created new spaces by the tried-and-true method of closing roads and paths, in some cases creating hundreds of new spaces in the 478-acre cemetery. Finding spaces that were never used in long-developed sections has yielded far fewer grave sites, but old cemeteries with little land left may find the search profitable.