14 December 2011

Higher Power..

Today's image came from Forever Oak Hill Cemetery in Kirkwood, MO.  Walking through a cemetery on Halloween may be creepy, but at other times of year it can be very peaceful and almost therapeutic.  Taking notice on how those left behind grieve tends to make you think of how you are living your life currently.  Would your loved ones honor you with flowers?  Would they even visit?  Humans are interesting creatures, especially in how they deal with death.

This particular monument caught my eye.  I liked it's simplicity very much.

And, sometimes you find out just how tough it was to have children back just 100 to 200 years ago.

This little guy only made it one day.  He is laid to rest in a very small neighborhood cemetery on Eddie and Park Road near the suburbs of Crestwood and Sunset Hills.  I have no idea which stones belonged to his parents, but most of these folks passed in the mid-1800s.  The names "Eddie" and "Park" must have been prominent landowners out here during that time.  Sad stuff that kind of makes you appreciate modern medicine and the fact that we no longer need to have 8 kids just to see 3 to adulthood.

That's what I draw from cemeteries.  What about you?


  1. Gripping thoughts... Thanks for the post.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Much appreciated.

  3. This cemetary dates back quite a long time.

  4. I love walking through cemeteries and reading the headstones and I find the rituals of death fascinating, too.

    Personally, I don't care if I get buried or used for science or cremated because my spirit will be in a better place. But if my loved ones have to have a place for me, then that's ok.

  5. The top monument is a little cheesy. The bottom one is heartbreaking. Cemeteries are fascinating places. A couple of favorite shots, one in New Orleans, http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobcrowe/3382561507/, and one in Buenos Aires, http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobcrowe/4355081653/.