WM. N. WORTHINGTON,
DIED JUNE 30th, 1871
I SHALL GO TO HIM, BUT HE
SHALL NOT RETURN TO ME.
“Grief” is a statue designed by Edward V. Valentine for the William Worthington monument in the Hollywood Cemetery at Richmond, Virginia. Worthington was only 29 years old when he died. The statue was commissioned by his step father to commemorate his death and his mother’s deep sadness. “It is a story of a woman’s grief—the grief of a mother over the death of her son, symbolized in a kneeling female figure, with arms folded and head bowed in the utter abandonment of self-communion.”* Even though, the grieving woman’s face is completely shrouded the statue conveys the anguish of the mother through the position of the body.
*Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery by John O. Peters, page 80, The Valentine Richmond History Center