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I’ve decided to play a game with myself. I’m going to search my photo archives for tombstones with large capital letters and find the entire alphabet.


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Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace


Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born


Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth


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Bickham (3)

1st Lt. Charles Goodwin Bickham received the Medal of Honor for “cross[ing] a fire-swept field, in close range of the enemy, and [bringing] a wounded soldier to a place of shelter” during the Philippine-American War.

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Martin (2)

I hope that I can feel this way when I die – “life’s work well done, now comes rest.” I remember listening to my grandmother and her sisters talk about death when I was a child, and I very clearly remember my grandmother saying that when she was younger, she was afraid of death, but now she was content with the life she had lived and it wasn’t something that preyed on her mind as much. I also had the privilege of having my grandfather telling me less than 2 months before he died that he had done everything he wanted to do in his life. I know I’m not there yet in my own thinking about my mortality.

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Hannah Martin’s quote is an expression of her faith. “Why seek ye the living among the dead” is from Luke 24:5 of the Bible, asked by angels of the women who come seeking Christ in his tomb.

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Harris (6)

The symbolism of the empty chair isn’t limited to cemeteries. It’s how the likelihood of Tiny Tim’s death is revealed to Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Those who have ever watched Les Miserables know the song “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” sung by one of the few survivors of a failed revolution to his fallen comrades. An unoccupied chair is a silent reminder of those who are not with us.


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Just like here, except that this one is from Woodland Cemetery in Dayton.

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It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for old tombstones. There are a number of modern cemetery conventions that I’m not fond of, like the memorial gardens with only flat markers. But sometimes current technology produces amazing works of art.


I can’t get over the beauty of the angel etched into this stone. She’s strikingly realistic – possibly based on the woman below. The little gold stars placed strategically on the stone are perfect.

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