Show me the manner in which a nation
or community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical
exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the
laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals.
- William Gladstone
Cemeteries ... graveyards ... burial grounds ...
Death is the last mystery in life. For centuries,
humankind found unique ways to create monuments to those who have gone
before us. Death was a daily part of life, not something to be shunned
Death was not only not proud, but it was also not
In the 19th century, death began to be
institutionalized and industrialized, yet it still maintained a
personal touch. The memorials made to the deceased came in many forms
and styles. To this day there is a wide range of styles in which
remembrances are made.
These pages encompass my personal photographic
journey through the still resting places found in places I have lived
or visited. Look beyond the end of life and see the beauty that lays
Along with these photos of
memorials, I've included the uniquely Victorian manner of remembering
loved ones -- through postmortem photography. In the days of high
mortality, these were often the only images families had of the lost.