Category Archives: Epitaphs

They will meet in Heaven

This angel looking toward Heaven is holding an open book and a quill.  The angel is clearly poised to write in the book.  Here the angel is registering the name of the deceased into the Book of Life.  In Judaism … Continue reading

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Our darling boy

Some epitaphs, especially on the gravestones of children, can be heartbreaking.  They tell of the parent’s sorrow and the hopes and dreams that were not realized because of the death of the child like the epitaph below found on the … Continue reading

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A parent’s lament

The gravestone of three-year old Willie displays a weeping willow shading a resting lamb.  The willow is a traditional symbol of sorrow and morning. The lamb is a symbol of Jesus Christ, first found in the Biblical passage John 1:29 … Continue reading

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We miss thee

Several companies manufactured “white bronze” markers.  They were actually made of zinc and have a blue tint to them when you spot them in a graveyard.  The markers age very well, and often show very few signs of aging or … Continue reading

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Budden on Earth

For me, the hardest gravestones to look at are the ones for children.  They speak to the father in me.  I can look at them and understand the grief and the sorrow that the parents felt at the loss of a child, … Continue reading

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Gone Fishin

It is estimated that there are 38 million commercial fishermen worldwide and millions more who are recreational.  The sentiment, “Gone Fishin” is most likely an accurate vision of Heaven for many of them.

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The Happy Shore

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia JAMES F. SPAUGH BORN DEC. 16, 1850 DIED FEB. 15, 1909 AGE 59 YEARS & 29 DAYS Precious Brother he has left us Left yes forevermore but we hope to meet our loved one on that … Continue reading

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Prepare for Death

The skeleton is a symbol found on gravestones that is to remind the viewer of life’s brevity and of the decay of death.  The skeleton above is on a tomb in the Granary Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts.  The primitively carved skeleton … Continue reading

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There has to be more to the story

From time to time, you spot an epitaph that grabs your attention and you wish that you knew the rest of the story.  Nestled in the historic Old Tennent Presbyterian Church Cemetery, in Tennent, New Jersey lies the grave of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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