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Cemeteries are windows to the past, but sometimes they are somewhat clouded and cracked, so that the past we conjure up is cloudy or incomplete. I considered using this stone for a Wordless Wednesday post but then I realized I have questions that I wanted to ask about it. The monument stands to Barbara and Jacob Miller in Forest Lawn Cemetery and looks unremarkable for its time and place – the metal plaque with the deceased’s faces on it is a little more rare. But it was the epitaph that intrigued me.


Like father and mother they remembered us in life. We will not forget them in death.
Mr. and Mrs. Capt. J.B. Souter

Who were the Millers and the Souters? What relationship did they have? The epitaph strongly implies that the Souters erected the Millers’ monument, a task usually carried out by family. Did the Millers have family that couldn’t or wouldn’t take care of the arrangements? Or were the Souters and Millers related, just not immediate family to one another?

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I have written before about cemetery monuments that actually specify they cover cremains – the official name for cremated human remains. I think most people, like the designers of this monument, generally think of them as simply ashes.

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No, actually, it’s just that I’ve had out of town guests and am working on Camp NaNoWriMo. So I apologize for my shorter, more image intensive posts.


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The Irwin monument bears the lines “God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world” from poet Robert Browning’s Pippa Passes. The lines are from the point of view of the main character, Pippa, a young naive silkworker, as she walks and sings her way through her native land.

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Wheels have meaning in different cultures, but the one probably intended in these images is the cycle of life. Life, the wheel promises, is cyclical rather than linear. Those buried under this symbol have not ended, but moved onto next cycle of life.


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