posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 08:32 AM
This is a hypothetical question, not a debate on burial practises. If you want to discuss means or choice of burials, I will be happy to start another
thread as that topic is interesting too.
I love cemetaries. The older the better, also the more oranate. I love walking through them. It is not a morbid fascination with the dead, actually I
feel it keeps people alive. The more the stone stays, or what the symbols are, the more you can know about them. What is on the stones is a time
capsul of sorts, different styles, symbolism, and arrangement can tell you a bit.
For example, in the previous century, second and third wives were buried next to their husbands, along with the first deceased wife, you rarely would
find that today. The little stones with lambs on them are babies. Sometimes they only lived long enough to get a first name on there. Another example
is the Jewish symbol of the Cohanim Hands, means they were members of the tribe of Aaron. Drapery means mourning, or an eagle means a civil war
veteran in the US.
If anyone is interested, I can start a thread on cemetary history and meanings.
Anywhoo, I was purusing an old cemetary stuck in the middle of trucking town known as Breezewood, PA. Many of the stones have fallen, been stacked or
moved, but plenty remain.
One had a nice poem on it for a sister; and the one line that really struck me was: Here lies beauty.
I thought it was a lovely thing to say about a young woman.
If you could choose what your gravestone said or represented, what would you have? What would you say?