A family man is being acknowledged for restoring Neglected Gravestones in his town. 37-year-old Ryan van Emmenis has been taking walks around his neighborhood in Winsford, Cheshire during the lockdown. He takes his kids and together they restore old weathered tombstones that have been neglected for years.
“You’ve got to be respectful of the fact that it’s someone’s family member, it’s someone’s memories. You’ve got to make sure you’re using the right products and you’re being careful and delicate with it,” Emmenis told the Press Association News Agency. “Some of these headstones I’m cleaning are over 100 years old—and algae, moss etc. can have a really negative impact on them so you’ve got to be really careful.”
Ryan posted a few pictures of his work to social media and has been flooded with praise from neighbors, strangers, and the family members of the deceased people’s headstones.