Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Oakfield, Ohio

The Baptist Churchyard:  When churchyards served as cemeteries, you had a chance to visit departed loved ones at least once a week. Death was a visible and ever-present part of life. Perhaps, locations like this provided more opportunities for passing on family memories to younger generations since you found yourself there so frequently.  Oakfield Baptist Church Cemetery. [2017]

Monday, June 18, 2018

Oldtown, Kentucky

The Christian Churchyard:  When the American population was rural and dispersed over large areas, there were only two choices for burial: close to home or close to church. That's why so many small, country churches are surrounded by graves. Oldtown Christian Church Cemetery. [2017]

Friday, June 15, 2018

Hereford, Texas

What Happened on 14 June 1777?  The United States adopted a national flag that came to be known as 'old glory.' On this headstone, in full color, it takes up almost half the space available. What will future generations conclude when they find so many flags etched into solid granite in cemeteries across the United States? West Park Cemetery. [2017]

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Parkersburg, West Virginia

What Happened on 14 June 1777?  The United States adopted a national flag that came to be known as the 'stars and stripes.' Here, it hangs as a curtain between life and death. Remember: Tomorrow is Flag Day. Mt. Olivet Cemetery. [2014]

Monday, June 11, 2018

Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

What Happened on 14 June 1777?  The United States adopted a national flag that came to be known as the 'star spangled banner.' It's not surprising to see it all over American graveyards, sometimes etched into granite and sometimes flying free over the grave itself. The inscription on this headstone reads "Once in our lives and now in our hearts." We could modify it to refer to the red-white-and-blue: "Everywhere in our lives and always in our hearts." St. Mary's Cemetery. [2017]

Friday, June 8, 2018

Elkridge, Maryland

Pet Aftercare ~ The Case of Noah's Ark:  Their "little angel" lies buried here, under the watching care of Noah. The pet section at Meadowridge has existed since 1980, and it is growing. Just think: about 7 out of 10 households in the U.S. have a dog or cat. Noah's Garden of Pets at Meadowridge Cemetery. [2018]


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Elkridge, Maryland

Pet Aftercare ~ The Case of Noah's Ark:  Anthropomorphism: You may may been warned about it in a psychology or anthropology class, but it is alive and well in pet cemeteries. We have made pets human: "Our darling baby, best friend we ever had. . . " There has been a major shift in how we view pets and how we send them off to the afterlife. Noah's Garden of Pets at Meadowridge Cemetery. [2018]