Frozen hallowed ground: Digging winter graves calls for the right tool
CNA staff reporter
“It’s the hottest place in the summer and the coldest place in the winter,” remarked Graceland Cemetery Superintendent Bruce Hodge.
While locked in Winter’s icy grip, a cemetery can be an even more humbling place to visit your loved ones. With the roads leading there covered in ice and snow that seems to never melt, just getting to Graceland Cemetery can be challenging.
Digging the 80 to 100 graves each year is also hard work — especially in the winter.
Hodge, a 28 year veteran of the cemetery, said he’s glad to have the right tool for the job when it comes to tilling winter graves. For the past year, he’s utilized a device that resembles an electric blanket to warm the ground before the dig even begins.
“I have dug them