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The Right Honorable Gerald FitzGibbon was a lawyer and judge, who shared both his name and profession with his father and his son. A graduate of the University of Dublin, he served in several prominent legal positions, including Law Adviser to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Solicitor General of Ireland, Lord Justice of the Irish Court of Appeal.
Posted in Symbolism, tagged mechanicsburg, mourners, pennsylvania, silver spring meeting house, silver spring presbyterian church, symbolism, urn, weeping willow on October 27, 2016| Leave a Comment »
I’m not lucky enough to see many tombstones with this particular combination of symbols, but those I have seen have all been gorgeous. A woman mourns at a tomb topped with an urn under the shade of a weeping willow tree, a representation of the grief felt by the bereft loved ones of the deceased.
Posted in Cemetery Sculpture, Symbolism, tagged mechanicsburg, pennsylvania, silver spring meeting house, silver spring presbyterian church, sun, sunshine, symbolism, symbols on October 21, 2016| Leave a Comment »
I’m fairly certain that the symbol on top of this stone is a sunrise, and if so, it’s hard to imagine a more fitting representation of the family’s faith.
Our society perceives sun and sunshine as almost overwhelmingly positive. It is a powerful symbol of belief in an afterlife of hope and comfort.
The winged hourglass is a symbol of mortality, but it is a much rarer find than a weeping willow or an urn. Imagine my delight when I found multiple examples in the Olmstead family plot in Harrisburg Cemetery.
A winged hourglass adorns each step down to the family plot.
Harrisburg Cemetery has a lot of lovely old funerary art, and willow trees are a personal favorite of mine.
I’m guessing based on proximity to another monument that the surname on this one is Haehlen as well. It’s a slightly different style of willow than I’ve posted in the past.
Posted in Cemetery Sculpture, Uncategorized, tagged mechanicsburg, pennsylvania, sculpture, silver spring meeting house, silver spring presbyterian church, zinker on October 3, 2016| Leave a Comment »
On a trip to south central Pennsylvania to visit my family, I noticed that there were zinkers in the Silver Spring Presbyterian churchyard. As fascinated as I am with this type of monument, I had never noticed this well-preserved pair of monuments before.