Archive for August 18th, 2010


Examining the stone closely, I can’t see that this tombstone ever had a name carved on it. Nearly every gravestone represents a family’s grief, but the expression of grief chosen here caused me to stop. What are they saying by honoring the dead child with “our only son”? Was he the only child, or the only male child? (I am assuming it was a child, but I can’t read the age.) Was there no hope left for another pregnancy? Many tombstones have relational signifiers – mother, father, wife, etc. – in addition to names, but only a few use the description of relationship to replace the name.

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