In the poem, On Another’s Sorrow, by William Blake, the poet asks:
Can I see another’s woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another’s grief,
And not seek for kind relief?
A mourning figure is carves into the gray granite monument in the Graceland Cemetery at Chicago, Illinois, marking the graves of William Penn Frailey, Caroline Goodwill Frailey, and Nellie C. Frailey.
The mourning figure looks as if it has collapsed against the back of the monument. Its head is bent in sorrow, a display of contemplation and grief.
Just as in the poem, it is difficult to look at the gravestone and not be moved by the expression of grief represented by the mourning figure and feel the loss and sorrow of the family who erected the stone.
This monument is beautiful — it goes to show how something simple can be quite evocative.