Memory Eternal

Oh Lord, Save

This wooden marker is also located in the Soquel Cemetery in Soquel, CA. The carving is in Russian and is pronounced, Gospodi Xranii, and means Oh Lord protect.

Russian Orthodox funerals are possibly the most achingly beautiful and comforting services one could ever wish to attend. Below is a sample of a cappella funeral music from the Memory Eternal (Vechnaya pamyat) piece that is typically the last part of the service.  Makes the hair stand up on my neck every time I hear it.

If you like a cappella, turn up the volume toward the end to really get an appreciation of the tremendous power exhibited by the bass section.

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What will survive of us is love

Selfridge

An imaginative headstone for Alan Robert Selfridge, located in Soquel Cemetery, Soquel, CA.  The saying on the marker is “What will survive us is love.”

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Sharing Saturday: The Chinese in Sonora

Today’s post comes from the Sonoran Jackrabbit who focuses on cemeteries and markers throughout Southern Arizona. While the site doesn’t look like it’s been updated in a while, there are still some photos and essays on it that are worth browsing through.

Here’s a fascinating one on the Chinese section of Globe Cemetery in Gila County, Arizona.

“The number of Chinese in Arizona never attained the numbers that immigrated to California so they lived in very small groups and did not become large societies with a cultural support systems. So the small faction of Chinese in a small town like Globe were productive, industrious workers or shop keepers that learned to blend in and remain low key.”

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A lily for Lily

A lily for Lily

According to the Headstones Symbols: Understanding Cemetery Symbolism site, “Lily means chastity, innocence and purity. A favored funeral flower of the Victorians. Joseph is often depicted holding a lily branch to indicate that his wife Mary was a virgin. In tradition, the first lily sprang forth from the repentant tears of Eve as she went forth from Paradise. The use of lilies at funerals symbolizes the restored innocence of the soul at death.” 

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The Work brothers.

John Work_GV

No, this is not an April Fools Day trick.

The Thomas and John Tom Work headstones do exist and are located in the Milford Methodist Church cemetery in upstate New York.

Tom Work_GV

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Here’s a name you don’t see every day

Ozias

Ozias (meaning God’s strength) is one of the rarer names I’ve come across. Ancestry.com even has an interesting map showing just where these guys were situated. Here’s a small screen shot. The headstone itself is located in the Centreville Pioneer Cemetery in Fremont, CA.

Ozias popularity

 

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Sharing Saturday: Bella Morte

If you love Victorian cemetery sculptures, then you’re going to really enjoy today’s Sharing Saturday post.

Since 2006, Bella Morte has been devoted to highlighting Victorian cemetery art and sculptures from around the world. There’s a page for countless videos, a page for epitaphs, pages for the various countries listing the cemeteries visited, and more.

This is  an enthusiast’s treasure trove. Enjoy!

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