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Mongey Monument on Hill of Tara


The symbol on this tombstone is the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ – a flaming heart within a crown of thorns and topped with a cross. Some representations also include a halo of divine light, blood drops, or a lance wound like the one that Christ received in his side during the crucifixion. There is an associated Roman Catholic devotion.

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The culmination of my four-day heart scavenger hunt is here, and for Valentine’s Day itself, I decided to post the hearts that seem to specifically be in the cemetery as a reference to romantic love.

Joseph Kahsky and his wife Rose Kahsky have a heart-shaped tombstone in Chester Township Cemetery.


The pink granite tombstones for the Wrights in Willoughby Village Cemetery  have hearts, flowers, and love messages engraved on them.

Leonard T. Wright

Nancy Wright

The Birnbaums have a stone at Lake View Cemetery under a double-heart tombstone. (I’m not sure if Mrs. Birnbaum is there yet.)  Like my grandparents, their wedding anniversary was Valentine’s Day.  I particularly like the etched “Forever Valentines.”


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The hearts I found on tombstones in Glendalough were representations of the sacred heart of Christ.


Cross detail on tombstone at Glendalough

I’ve also found a stone in Lake View with the same imagery.


The hearts that actually started this whole quest are simpler from Adams Street Cemetery in Berea.

Heart Tombstone

Heart detail on broken tombstone

Lake View

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Euclid Cemetery has two nearly identical tombstones that look like two hearts side-by-side. Sadly, these tombstones are for four children (two sets of siblings) who died in the Collinwood School Fire of 1908.  Rose Sophie and Erma Marie Buschman were laid to rest on one end of the cemetery, and Lillian Carrie and Emil Otto Rostock sleep at the other.

Rose Sophie and Erma Marie Buschman


Lillian Carrie and Emil Otto Rostock

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I set myself on a scavenger hunt. I wanted to see how many hearts I could find in cemeteries. I found so many that I’ve split the results of my hunt into 4 different posts between now and Valentine’s Day. The most common thing that I found was simple, single heart-shaped tombstones.

I found heart-shaped tombstones in Harvard Grove Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.



This tombstone at Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio, is heart-shaped.


I was able to find two heart tombstones from my small collection of photos from Markillie and St. Mary’s Cemeteries in Hudson..



This lichen-covered heart tombstone is in Kirtland Historic North Cemetery.


East Cleveland Township Cemetery has a number of these tombstones.

Luisa Meister

Hearts may not be the first thing you think about when you hear the word cemetery, but they are certainly there.

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I did this scavenger hunt that was posted to the Association of Graveyard Rabbits, although I didn’t get the post written before the deadline for the carnival itself. I twisted my ankle walking around Union Cemetery doing the carnival and then limped my way around Origins gaming convention for four days.

All scavenger hunt photos were taken this past Wednesday morning at Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. Below I’ve listed the scavenger hunt item and then a photo of the grave marker that fulfilled that requirement.

Cross – The Birk monument culminates in a cross.


Heart – This very worn marker for a baby named Paul is heart-shaped. I can’t even make out his surname.


Fraternal symbol – For the fraternal symbol, we have the marker for Frank P. Walters, a Marine who served in the first World War and has a Masonic symbol on his tombstone.

Frank P. Walters

Monument – This seemed so general that I decided to feature the Gaddis family marker. A metal sundial sits atop the center column.


– A carved flower decorates the top two corners of the Hagans’ stone.


Hand – The gravestone for Amanda Evans includes a single hand holding the stem of a flower.

Amanda m. Evans

Angel – The names of the two Cooper children are flanked by praying angels.

Iris Lee and Rose Mary Cooper

Bird – A bird, likely a dove, is carved into baby William Wiedemann’s tombstone.

William Wiedemann

Tree – A weeping willow grows on the tombstone of John Lisle, whose 1808 burial must have been one of the earliest in the graveyard, which was only founded two years before.


– I wandered around looking for a star for while before it dawned on me that the Civil War veterans’ markers contain or are stars, like these two for George Lakin.

George W. Lakin

Obelisk – This obelisk memorializes the Lakin family.


Four-legged animal – The marker for little Mildred Ferguson, who sadly did not live to see her 2nd birthday, is topped by a lamb – a four-legged animal.

Mildred V. Ferguson

Photo – Dorothy Price Walsh’s tombstone preserves her likeness for us.

Dorothy Price Walsh

Military gravestone – For the military tombstone, I found the memorial for Medal of Honor recipient Joel Parsons, a Civil War veteran.

Joel Parsons

– Amaranth Abbey is a giant mausoleum.

Amaranth Abbey

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This cross at Glendalough captivated me – it was so perfectly Irish as I imagined it.

Keenan tombstone at Glendalough

Carved shamrocks climb the cross, knotwork creates the nimbus, and the entire cross centers on a heart surrounded by thorns, associated with the immaculate heart of Mary.
Shamrock detail on tombstone at Glendalough

Cross detail on tombstone at Glendalough

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