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Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die
~Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)
Strangers in the Box
by Pamela A. Harazim
Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I've often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their lives were like.
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I'll never know their ways.
If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where, when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.
Could this become the fate
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be tossed away?
Make time to save your pictures,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.
Behold and see as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so must you be
Prepare for death and follow me
(Taken from the headstone of my great-great-great-great-great-great uncle, Josephus Benoni Bellamy, whom died in 1777 at age 16)
The Recording of a Cemetery
by Thelma Greene Reagan
Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where others cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.
Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.
Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.
Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hallowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.
Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.
Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.
Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder how you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
~ Walter Butler Palmer (1906)
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|Karen Mickel Bennett||RE: Elizabeth Fullerton Montagu|
Thank you VERY much! I appreciate you taking the time to do this......You are great!
Karen Mickel Bennett
Squeak I want to thank you for the photo and information. I was able to get the birth my Great Great Aunt and and on her daughter louisa and her husband and also my Great great Aunt's other child Ott. I have added this into my family book. Thanks again I hope one day to be able to visit Holy Cross Cemetery. Ann
Added by Annie on Oct 19, 2014 5:20 PM
Thank you so much for taking this grave stone photo for me. I appreciate it very much.
Added by snm on Oct 19, 2014 3:42 PM
|Annie||The Curtaz family plot|
Thank you for the picture I'm going to add it to our family book. I know Benjamin had 9 children but only three with my Great Aunt Agatha. One of there son's Otto R. Curtaz born abt Nov. 1880 and died June 25, 1952, in S.F. Ca. The other two are daughter's Louisa and Eliza they could be buried under there married name not sure. Anyway thank you again love the picture.
Added by Annie on Sep 27, 2014 5:15 PM
|Veronica Jordan||RE: Any Santa Clara Catholic Cemetery requests?|
I know this sounds weird, but would you mind not doing any of mine? I like to do it myself when I can, for cemeteries in my town, because when I'm out looking for one person, I always find a couple of more I wasn't even looking for
My extended families have lived here for five generations or so and most of them were Catholic, so a lot of them are in that cemetery (though plenty without headstones, unfortunately.)
|Louis Roth||Find A Grave Memorial# 105443137|
looks like the photos you took are of the wrong Moran.
our guy died 28 Oct 1918
he is buried at
Section T, Row 21, Area 49, grave 1
I will send a SAC
|Barbara Hunter-Holmes||John Joseph Hunter # 106519221|
Thanks so much for the plot edit. I appreciate it.
Sorry... I forgot the name w/ my last message!
Added by lsumom24 on Sep 16, 2014 6:29 AM
Is it in front of the white stone or behind it?
Added by lsumom24 on Sep 16, 2014 6:26 AM
|Dominique Potier||RE: Photo requests in San Francisco Bay Area|
Thanks Squeak ;-)
too much of these heroes are unknow ... by this way and my US cemeteries pictures I try to change this fact .
Thanks for your help .
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