Aspin Hill Memorial Park has been in the Washington Post twice during the past two weeks. I was glad to see it mentioned because I think it’s important to keep the pet cemetery alive in people’s hearts and minds.
In September, columnist John Kelly of the Washington Post put out a request for readers to submit suggestions for a “D. C. bucket list,” things that are uniquely Washington experiences. My suggestion was Aspin Hill Memorial Park. I pointed out that it’s not only an important historical site, it’s a place where one can’t help but be moved by the devotion people have to their pets (and vice versa). There’s no other place like it in the greater Washington area. On October 15, my suggestion appeared in Kelly’s column.
“A supreme D.C. bucket list: Readers share their only-in-Washington experiences,” Washington Post, October 16, 2018, pg. B-3.
Closer to Halloween, on October 26, the Weekend Section featured an article on “seven Washington cemeteries that inspire reflection, and even joy.” It’s a sensitively-written article about how cemeteries are as much for the living as they are for the dead. Aspin Hill Memorial Park was one of seven cemeteries mentioned. I was particularly pleased that the reporters picked up the way a pet cemetery can make a person reflect on their relationship with their own pets.
Maura Judkis and Fritz Hahn. “Anything but gloomy,” Washington Post. Weekend Section, p. 15.