As the Qingming Festival approached, Ding Xiaoli’s work also became busy: tomb-sweeping for clients. During this time period, she estimated that she would need to help 20 clients with tomb-sweeping every day, and bowed no less than 200 times a day.
The annual Qingming Festival is the peak season for tomb-Sweeping. However, affected by the pandemic prevention and control in the past two years, various funeral service agencies have suspended activities such as on-site tomb-sweeping and group farewell. New forms of sacrificial means such as online sacrifice, valet tomb sweeping, and online appointment tomb-sweeping have become popular.
Ding Xiaoli is a staff member of the Phoenix Mountain Ecological Memorial Park in Luoyang, Henan. In the cemetery where she is located, the price of tomb-sweeping on behalf of others generally ranges from 98 yuan to 398 yuan.
The client chooses items with different prices according to their personal needs. In her opinion, although this form of memorial service has long appeared, tomb-sweeping for clients has been accepted by society and become mainstream in various places, and it is still affected by the pendemic.
In the opinion of relevant experts, the new tomb-sweeping method cannot completely replace the traditional method, but it is a useful supplement. There is nothing wrong with making changes in form that are close to reality.