Remember Me, Remember Me

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Remember

Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can go no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Remember me when no more day by day You tell me of our future that you planned: Only remember me; you understand It will be late to counsel then or pray. Yet if you should forget me for a while And afterwards remember, do not grieve: For if the darkness and corruption leave A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad.

Christina Rossetti

The mourning figure on this monument is to make the passerby remember.  She clearly elicits an emotion of sadness, even flat out despair.  The mourning figure is carved into the glistening white marble monument in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery at Hollywood, California.

This mourning figure has collapsed against the back of the monument.  Her head is bowed in sorrow, her hair covers her face, and she weeps in complete desolate sorrow.  Her body entire body is bent in a display of grief.

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 gravestone for Frederick and Grace Blanchard.

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