Overgrown and abandoned cemeteries emote a special kind of sadness.
Give joy or grief, give ease or pain
Take life or friends away
But let me find them all again
In one eternal day. 1862
Reader remember dye thou must
And after Death return to Dust
Therefore repent, repent in time
The Grave next opened nay be thine.
To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die. 1939
Tho lost to sight
To memory clear
The parish of Saint Bernard, New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.
Lights are from our household gone
Voices we loved are stilled
Places are vacant at our home
Which never can be filled.
Abide with me
Fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens
Lord with me abide.
Death is swallowed up in victory.
Death severs yet unites. 1912
Only goodnight beloved not farewell. 1938
Known as Mortsafes in Britain, already documented in the post Body Snatchers, these parallel iron bars are known as caged graves in the USA. Legends abound for the reasoning behind the ‘cages’ such as wolves digging up the recently buried, or a restraint against the undead and vampires. However, it was most likely a deterrent to body snatchers hired to provide fresh corpses to anatomists in Medical school.
Mt. Zion Graveyard, referred to locally as the Hooded Graves Cemetery, in Franklin Township, Catawissa, Columbia County, PA, contains several caged graves.
On 18 June 1852, Sarah Ann Boone died at age 22 years. A small marker carved with the initials S.A.B. identifies her grave which is protected by a cast iron cage with ogee roof and two winged eagles on the peaks (eagles symbolize salvation). A headstone reveals several details of the woman known as Sarah.
Daughter Of Lloyd Frances Thomas
Entered Into Rest
June 18, 1852
Aged 22 Years 6 Mos 9 Days
Lo! Where This Silent Marble Weeps
A Friend, A Wife, A Mother Sleeps
The image of an open bible represents resurrection through scripture, and the drapery with frills and tassels denotes mourning.
The beautiful setting of Forest Lawn Cemetery in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.
As careful nurses on their beds do lay
Their babes which would too long the wantons play
So to prevent our youths ensuing crimes
Nature our Nurse, laid us to bed betimes.
The sun still shines. – 1925