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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

~~One Angel more~~


The cemetery near our old house, almost at dusk.


I am fascinated by turn of the century graves and their engravings.
Joe shares my enthusiasm.


At the bottom of the one day old infants stone it says " One Angel more." 
How they loved him to inscribe the stone this way. 
It is so sweet and sad to me. 


Many child graves are in this cemetery and it is likely due to childhood diseases that are now eradicated by immunizations.




My former nursing staff, at the state prison, was appalled that we frequently visited cemeteries and took photos and that I once went to a garage sale at a funeral home (I bought the prettiest lamp ever). One of the prison doctors (he was from Africa, where voodoo was practiced) told me to stay out of cemeteries.  I have no fear of the dead. As a RN in a busy teaching hospital I was required to prepare and take dead bodies to the hospital morgue. If your patient died on your shift you knew you were going to the morgue. When you care for patients for weeks and weeks it is quite natural to give them this final respect. We never saw the undertakers. At smaller hospitals the undertakers arrive and the nurses never see a hospital morgue but not where I worked for nearly half of my life. 

Cheerful post today yes?
 I do find peace in cemeteries, go take a walk in one and snap some pics. 
You might concur.

may joy and peace surround you
Olive


24 comments:

  1. Olive, I love visiting cemeteries too and taking pictures. I think I posted some from an old cemetery that I visited when I was in New Hampshire. They are just so interesting.

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  2. These pictures are fabulous. Some of the best I have seen you do.

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  3. Thanks Kim, I almost did not post them.

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  4. wow, i love old cemeteries... so pretty. & different. you could have put that one up for friday fences. such fun. (:

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  5. I concur.

    I love the lily of the valley carving you shared - very unique.

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  6. I liked the lily-of-the-valley carving so much that I pinned it.

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  7. Sweet Romantic Dreams for Valentines Day from Richard and Sissy Dog at My Old Historic House.

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  8. Cemeteries are certainly thoughtful places, and often beautiful too. We are so removed from death these days. Almost as if it never physically happens. We're lucky to live in a more healthy time. Old cemeteries remind us of that. The old stones and statuary are like art. You've taken some beautiful pictures.

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  9. I love this post - you more than likely recognised from my last post that I am a fellow grave yard visitor too. I have more tombs up my sleeve!

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  10. I visit new cemeteries as often as I can. I was in a very poor one in Tennessee where there were rows and rows of tiny plots marked only with a concrete block. The person I was with commented on the poverty and I could only think they still loved the dead babies enough to mark the graves somehow.

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  11. My grandpa from Russia taught me to appreciate the headstones.....I still enjoy reading them.

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  12. The old headstones are so fascinating. Each one is a little bit of history. There's a picture of the churchyard hanging up in our church porch. The inscription underneath reads,
    'To all who come, our graves to see,
    A moment, stop and think.
    We are in Eternity and you are on the brink.'

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  13. I am fascinated by old cemetaries too. I once visited the famous Boneventure cemetary in Savannah and thought how beautiful it was. I told my husband that the people that are buried there don't even know how lucky they are to buried in such a beautiful place! I went on a ghost tour in St. Augustine once too that took us to an old cemetary. They can be creepy, but also so interesting like you said. You did the very job that I could never do. I couldn't work around a bunch of sick people and dead bodies. It takes a special kind of person to do that.

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  14. There's a somber beauty at cemeteries. Stunning photos Olive.

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  15. Beautiful pictures, Olive, and so very sad about the infant and young children that died so young. Cemeteries are interesting and so peaceful. You captured that.

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. Lily of the Valley - nice flowers...

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  17. Olive these images are stunning, I enjoyed every one...
    The old stone is so beautiful and you have captured it well. Thanks for sharing... hope you don't mind that I pinned some
    Blessings
    R

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  18. I love them, too,
    particularly the
    really old, historic
    ones, like those in
    Savannah or Charleston.

    You got some really
    amazing shots....And
    how lucky that Joe is
    into visiting cemeteries,
    too. Your sweet valentine : )

    Happy Valentine's Day,
    xx Suzanne

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  19. Seriously?!? There is someone out there besides me who loves the visit old cemeteries?!?! It was the one thing that I insisted on in New Orleans many years ago and I will do it again. I love the old stone, the symbolism and the reminder that we only get to do it once - do it right, it's later than we think. Glad you did post this as I really love the images you captured - purrfect!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    "Her" and Romeo

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  20. The photos are lovely and I appreciate you sharing them. The carvings are so unique and interesting.

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  21. Old cemetaries are truly art galleries surrounded by grass and trees. It's such a shame that the newer ones don't allow statues, fencing, and flowers any more. The tributes that are tucked in the older ones are heartbreakingly beautiful and your fabulous eye has captured that beauty. Thank you for sharing...and btw...they don't scare me either.
    Deb

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  22. love these pictures Miss Olive... I'm a cemetery picture taker too just did some last week in a Gullah cemetery beside the Cooper River in SC.. You got the hang of Photoscape yet? hugs from Savannah, Cherry

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  23. Great pictures, Olive! Death is a part of life, although it is only in recent years that I have expressed to my husband that when my time comes I want to be cremated. Family never seems to go visit their family's graves and I would rather not just take up space in the earth with no visitors.

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  24. Olive again such beautiful pictures! I will be pinning some I hope you don't mind?
    I LOVE cemetaries! My mother (unconventional person that she is) used to take us kids for picnics in our local cemetary where my Grandfather is buried. We loved going around and reading the headstones. Cemetaries equal good times to me. Vanna

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