Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T is for Taphophile

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a taphophile.  

Sheesh, that sounds bad!  But the definition is one who is interested in in funerals, gravestone art, epitaphs, cemeteries.  I love to visit old cemeteries and take pictures of the stones and art I find there.  

Don't think I'm alone in my weirdness!  There are lots of pages and groups on Facebook dedicated to cemetery art, and blogs, too.  I include it in my blog, Maple Grove Cemetery.  I can't write about Halloween year-round, so this helps fill in the blanks! 

You have to admit - some of the stones and statues in cemeteries are absolutely fantastic!  I love the history and peace I find when I'm out wandering.  And I find it amazing that these beautiful works of art have been carved out of stone!  Especially the really old ones.

Romeo Cemetery, Romeo MI

Romeo Cemetery

St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Utica MI

St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery

Van Hoosen-Jones Cemetery, Rochester Hills MI

Van Hoosen-Jones Cemetery

Van Hoosen-Jones Cemetery
yes, I do get choked up for the little ones. 

Maple Grove Cemetery, Empire MI
(We visited 6 real Maple Grove Cemeteries while on vacation!)

Maple Grove, Empire

Maple Grove, Empire

Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac MI

Oak Hill Cemetery

It seems to me that the older cemeteries are the most interesting.  The one my Dad is buried (filed? He's in a mausoleum / file cabinet thingy) is very park-like with pretty statues, but all the stones are flush with the ground.   One day I'd love to go to London to explore Highgate Cemetery - totally on my bucket list!  And also Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.

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  1. I shall have to pay more attention the next time I go to Romeo instead of just passing through.

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    1. Romeo is such a cute town!! The cemetery is right next to the high school. There are 2 graves in particular that are heartbreaking - a 22 year old guy who got killed in Iraq and a 13 year old girl who collapsed during dance class - that one really hurts since my daughter is an avid dancer.

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  2. Cemeteries totally fascinate me as well! I love really old ones...I used to live in Virginia and hiking around in the mountains you'd sometimes stumble upon old family plots. Some of the most interesting ones I've been to were in New Orleans - St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 has some great stories in it! Oh - and the cemeteries in Central America are also fascinating. Most tombs are above-ground and they have a totally different feel to them. Great post! :D

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    1. How could I forget New Orleans??? I want to see those, too!

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  3. Love this post. I can see that I have missed some fascinating opportunities when traveling not to have spent time in the cemeteries. I did visit Normandy Beach and that cemetery is an amazing sight. I'll count that as a good one to have seen. Thanks for great photos. I won't forget this peek into what I've been missing.

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    1. Wow, I bet Normandy Beach was amazing!

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