Prepare for Death

During the last trip I made to Atlanta, I was able to visit the historic Oakland Cemetery.  When I spotted the tombstone I snapped this photo.  It caught my eye for two reasons.  First of all, it contains one of my favorite epitaphs and secondly I was impressed with the stylized image of the tree.  The tree is either a willow tree, a traditional symbol of sorrow and grief, or the tree of life, which represents the three domains of the universe–the heavens, the earth, and the underworld. 

Sacred to the Memory of                                                                                                             Mrs. SALLIE N. GEURIN                                                                                                     Consort of John Geurin                                                                                                                        daughter of James &                                                                                                               Malinda McKinney was                                                                                                                born in Pickens So. Ca.                                                                                                                 July 7th 1828                                                                                                                         departed this life June 25th 1870                                                                            

She was a kind and affectionate wife 

Remember all as you pass by                                                                                                          As you are now so once was I                                                                                                          As I am now so you must be                                                                                                     Prepare for death and follow me.

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1 Response to Prepare for Death

  1. You’re right about the epitaph, Douglas. It certainly makes you pause and think…

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