Cemetery Visit

I went to visit the grave of a cousin last week- he is buried a short drive from where I live, unlike the rest of his family, including his parents, who live hours away.  He died 9 years ago, at the age of 50- I wrote about him, his life and death previous visit here

The cemetery is situated very high up on a hill and this time before I left I decided to drive up to highest point to take in the view.view

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It was so peaceful and quiet, I got out of my car to walk among the headstones. I stopped to read many of them, wondering about the lives of the people buried there. Some of the headstones did  tell me a bit about the person. It is not unusual to see inscriptions that read “Beloved mother or father”, but I found some had more than the customary inscriptions.

This woman had been a teacher and it must have been so much a part of her life it was also included.20160720_125606

This woman was not just a mother, but in the eyes of those who loved her the best one
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This man had not been married I guessed, as there was no inscription for husband. “A Mensch” was written there, its meaning from Yiddish “a person of integrity and honor.”20160720_125753

How wonderful to be remembered as “strong yet gentle”20160720_130536

This headstone held an inscription I had never seen before. Not only was she a wife, mother and grandmother, the Yiddish term for mother in law-shvigger- was also inscribed. What a compliment, since we all know the old jokes about mother in laws and they are usually not so complimentary.20160720_125330

I came to this bench where I sat for a bit, taking in the surroundings and feeling the warm breeze washing over me as I looked out to the mountains in the distance. Thinking of my cousin and remembering him with a smile.20160720_130749

11 thoughts on “Cemetery Visit

  1. I really enjoyed this personal post but yet it was a walk in a cemetery. I enjoy strolling through cemeteries… Such history. I hope to post my stroll through Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland. It is a most beautiful place.

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  2. What a beautiful phrase/poem on that bench. I love it. Great photos. When I was a young mother, I lived a block away from a cemetery. I used to take my two little boys for walks in the stroller through it and read the gravestones. Such peaceful places. This post reminded me of that.

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  3. How interesting that both of us would post today about a cemetery visit.

    I love cemeteries and I wish I was a story teller … able to weave a tale from the names and dates of the lives lived.

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