|Be not alarmed! Ghostly image in gravestone is my reflection.|
A million people will visit Vienna's graveyards this autumn. Some of these visitors will find two crosses on the graves of their nearest and dearest.
In addition to the cross they expected to find they will find a red cross. This means they are behind with the rent. If it's not paid soon the stone will either be removed and sold or broken up.
The plot will then be cleared of debris, the grave will be emptied of it's contents; bones, urns, or whatever.
It will then be rented out once more and become the resting place for another temporary occupant. Only the well-heeled can afford to rest in peace for eternity.
In the post below is a poem about this almost surreal aspect of the Viennese death industry.