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I’m used to benches (or exedra) in cemeteries, particularly garden cemeteries, but there were many more of them in Forest Lawn that I have seen anywhere, particularly more worked into monument groups rather than being physically attached to monuments. But none were as cool as this. This is a very contemporary mausoleum – our guide reported that the husband of the couple was still alive at the time of our visit and comes frequently to visit his wife who rests here.

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M told us that the couple shared a dream of having a mausoleum in Forest Lawn Cemetery and had saved their money for many years to build the one you see in the photos. The loveseat and easy chairs of stone in front of the mausoleum are modeled after the ones that they had in their living room, and, as my friend and his son report, are fairly comfortable as stone upholstery goes.

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Stachura with Van and Hex

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The Steffees have an exedra monument.

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We’ve looked at the Youngs’ monument before when discussing grave offerings.

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The Sevastos exedra does not have much embellishment.

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The Richards have an archway flanked by two benches, in what seems like a more traditional style.

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At Lake View Cemetery, exedra and exedra-inspired monuments are extremely popular down by the pond behind Wade Chapel. The families of the deceased seem to invite passersby to sit and enjoy the beauty of the pond while taking in the silent stillness and time for contemplation that the cemetery offers.

These two stones combine to create a memorial for June Louise. You can see the pond and fountain in the background.

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The Kulle-Goden monument is nearby.

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The Westerman-Chapman exedra is wavy, like the ripples of a pond.

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The Killens’ bench sits on the opposite side of the path but also allows views of the pond.

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I finally got back out to Lake View Cemetery to do some photography, and I want to show it off. I’ve decided that today’s post should showcase more exedra, monuments that consist of benches that descend from Greek memorials.

The DiCiccos have a rather modern take on the exedra, with two streamlined black benches flanking a statue of Christ.

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The Gentile family has a simple but elegant bench.

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The Philips’ bench is similarly understated.

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I’m a particular fan of the “two peas in a pod” sentiment expressed in this memorial styled like a park bench.

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This time last week, we looked at bench style monuments called exedra. Let’s look at a few more of these from Lake View.

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Chase

McKisson Monument

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A while back, I posted a photograph of this monument, and someone commented jokingly how nice it was of the family to provide a bench for people to rest. (I’ve actually never seen anyone sitting on one of these convenient benches.) This monument style is ancient, according to Stories in Stone. Called an exedra, the bench monument dates back to the ancient Greeks.

Massiello Monument

Greek customs dictated that the family returned over the years to the burial site of their relative to perform rituals and leave offerings. Thus was born the custom of having stone benches as part of a memorial, often followed by a stone table. I haven’t found any exedra in the ancient Greek style, with curved benches and a table tomb, but there are a number of families in Lake View whose monuments take the ancient form of the bench.

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Some are more modest, with only the bench itself as a marker, while others incorporate the bench into a much larger architectural masterpiece.

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