A Stone to Mark a Life
4 Aug 2012
"Now I lay you down to rest, deep within this dark earth's breast"...So it was for families and friends of U. S. President James Garfield and his wife, John D. Rockefeller, Eliot Ness, and many others who have found their final resting places in historic Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.
Founded in 1869 on 285 acres of rural hilly land in eastern Cleveland, it now is considered the city's outdoor museum. Today, visitors travel up and down the cemetery's paved roads to stop and walk amongst the graves of people and families pivotal in politics, industry and development of the city and region. And along with joggers, hikers, and bikers are the deer, hawks, coyotes, and fox that live in the quiet woods and gullies tucked away from the congested urban life outside the cemetery fences and walls.
"At your head, a stone will mark, the passing life now gone dark".... Rich and poor alike rest here. The city's leading families are found in several sections called the millionaires' row. These families brought gifted artisans and craftsmen from Europe to build their mansions. Those same stone carvers would use those talents for bringing life to stone in their patrons' homes to honor the dead with sculptures, obelisks, and decorative embellishments and symbols for the life that has left the physical for the spiritual realm.
In death, we honor them by enjoying, appreciating, and documenting these memorials. I'm sharing a few favorites.