Volunteers needed to help place a flower on every grave at Parkstone Cemetery for Easter Sunday

Thousands of graves – one mission: can you help place flower on every headstone at cemetery?

FLOWERS: Rachael Edis at Parkstone Cemetery

FLOWERS: Rachel’s mum Linda who died in 2012, aged 64, following a battle with cancer

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A WOMAN from Canford Heath is looking for donations and volunteers to put a flower on every grave in Parkstone Cemetery this Easter Sunday.

Rachael Edis, 27, will be joined by sister, Maria Day, 46, and friends, on Sunday, April 20, to place flowers on the thousands of headstones and plots that fill the cemetery, on Elgin Road.

She says that after making numerous visits to her mum, Linda Adamczyk’s headstone after losing lost her battle with cancer aged 64, in 2012, Rachael noticed that only some of the graves were adorned with flowers.

Rachael said: “I’ve never really visited a cemetery before but now I come to visit my mum’s headstone and you see some that are just empty, where they don’t have any relatives, or they’re just not able to visit.”

Rachael says that she wanted to change that and set up a Facebook event, called Parkstone Cemetery Easter Flowerthon, which has been signed by over 120 people who say they will join her on Sunday.

“Hopefully we will have enough to give a flower for every person in the cemetery for Easter Sunday, but it’s a big mission.

“I couldn’t do this by myself and so the response has been fantastic.”

She says that she would welcome as many people as possible to come along from 3pm on Easter Sunday, who can bring with them a bunch of flowers to share out among the headstones, to make it all look more colourful.

Rachael also said that she is looking for somebody who has a crane or heavy lifting machine, to help lift a stone fountain out of the family’s garden, to be donated to the charity, Lewis-Manning Hospice.

For more information, search for Parkstone Cemetery Easter Flowerthon on Facebook.

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11:58am Tue 15 Apr 14

suzigirl says...

Not everybody likes flowers!
Not everybody likes flowers! suzigirl
  • Score: -27

12:12pm Tue 15 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

suzigirl wrote:
Not everybody likes flowers!
Stop showing yourself up,that was a very insensitive remark.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: Not everybody likes flowers![/p][/quote]Stop showing yourself up,that was a very insensitive remark. pete woodley
  • Score: 8

4:45pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Speedygonztotortoise says...

Great! Kill a thousand flowers and let them rot on a bunch of old stones! It isnt the zombie apocolypse and I dont think giving them pwetty flowers would stop them eating our bwains! Insensitive enough?
Great! Kill a thousand flowers and let them rot on a bunch of old stones! It isnt the zombie apocolypse and I dont think giving them pwetty flowers would stop them eating our bwains! Insensitive enough? Speedygonztotortoise
  • Score: -19

4:54pm Tue 15 Apr 14

suzigirl says...

pete woodley wrote:
suzigirl wrote: Not everybody likes flowers!
Stop showing yourself up,that was a very insensitive remark.
How is that insensitive? If you want to put flowers on your loved ones graves go ahead but some people might be offended if they turn up and some random person has put flowers on a grave of their loved one......
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: Not everybody likes flowers![/p][/quote]Stop showing yourself up,that was a very insensitive remark.[/p][/quote]How is that insensitive? If you want to put flowers on your loved ones graves go ahead but some people might be offended if they turn up and some random person has put flowers on a grave of their loved one...... suzigirl
  • Score: -11

8:31pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Dream big says...

Better to give to the living and donate to one of the charities such as Julias House. Flowers ,what a waste of money.
Better to give to the living and donate to one of the charities such as Julias House. Flowers ,what a waste of money. Dream big
  • Score: -4

9:13am Wed 16 Apr 14

we-shall-see says...

I can't believe so many negative comments on this article!!

Personally, I think it is a lovely gesture and will be joining in on Sunday! Well done Rachael for thinking of others and helping the world to look a brighter place!!
I can't believe so many negative comments on this article!! Personally, I think it is a lovely gesture and will be joining in on Sunday! Well done Rachael for thinking of others and helping the world to look a brighter place!! we-shall-see
  • Score: 9

2:52pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Morrigan says...

What a lovely thing to do! I hope the Echo will be printing some pics of the flowers for us all to enjoy :D
What a lovely thing to do! I hope the Echo will be printing some pics of the flowers for us all to enjoy :D Morrigan
  • Score: 4

6:38pm Wed 16 Apr 14

mrs google says...

I too think this is a lovely thing to do. There are some nice, kind people in this world and I think it's a wonderful gesture. My parents are both buried a long way away from where I live and I think if this happened in their cemetery then they would both have a smile on their faces.
I too think this is a lovely thing to do. There are some nice, kind people in this world and I think it's a wonderful gesture. My parents are both buried a long way away from where I live and I think if this happened in their cemetery then they would both have a smile on their faces. mrs google
  • Score: 6

2:01am Thu 17 Apr 14

EddieVH says...

What a presumtive, misplaced, gesture.

It's not Ms Edis's place to adorn the graves of people she has never known and whose family she has no connection with.
What a presumtive, misplaced, gesture. It's not Ms Edis's place to adorn the graves of people she has never known and whose family she has no connection with. EddieVH
  • Score: 1

9:00am Thu 17 Apr 14

Controversial But True says...

EddieVH wrote:
What a presumtive, misplaced, gesture.

It's not Ms Edis's place to adorn the graves of people she has never known and whose family she has no connection with.
Do you wear a poppy leading up to Remembrance Sunday like the majority of us? That majority are paying respect to our fallen heroes, who most of us either didn't know or weren't even born when they died!

What's the difference here? It's just respect to our dead!
[quote][p][bold]EddieVH[/bold] wrote: What a presumtive, misplaced, gesture. It's not Ms Edis's place to adorn the graves of people she has never known and whose family she has no connection with.[/p][/quote]Do you wear a poppy leading up to Remembrance Sunday like the majority of us? That majority are paying respect to our fallen heroes, who most of us either didn't know or weren't even born when they died! What's the difference here? It's just respect to our dead! Controversial But True
  • Score: 2

12:48pm Thu 17 Apr 14

suzigirl says...

Controversial But True wrote:
EddieVH wrote: What a presumtive, misplaced, gesture. It's not Ms Edis's place to adorn the graves of people she has never known and whose family she has no connection with.
Do you wear a poppy leading up to Remembrance Sunday like the majority of us? That majority are paying respect to our fallen heroes, who most of us either didn't know or weren't even born when they died! What's the difference here? It's just respect to our dead!
There could be murderers/child molesters buried there!
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EddieVH[/bold] wrote: What a presumtive, misplaced, gesture. It's not Ms Edis's place to adorn the graves of people she has never known and whose family she has no connection with.[/p][/quote]Do you wear a poppy leading up to Remembrance Sunday like the majority of us? That majority are paying respect to our fallen heroes, who most of us either didn't know or weren't even born when they died! What's the difference here? It's just respect to our dead![/p][/quote]There could be murderers/child molesters buried there! suzigirl
  • Score: -1

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