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CACM (#47780672)
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Bio Photo This is a place for a short bio about me and why I have an interest in Find A Grave. I have always found cemeteries interesting, have been intrigued by the old stones and the lives represented there,and enjoyed the beauty of cemeteries. But with the recent death of my son, cemeteries have taken on a whole new and important meaning and significance. I feel pretty strongly about the importance of cemeteries in our communities. I don't think this will be a short bio!

Cemeteries are art, history, love and stories but most importantly it is about people. While details of a funeral may be forgotten, a memorial will be left to tell the story of a life lived.

If something has been around for a long time, there is a reason. Monuments and headstones are history. Cemeteries have the historical importance of memorialization embracing the emotional healing that a monument/memorial can bring us.

Monuments tell who we are and from where we come. A memorial is a time to reflect on his or her life of accomplishments. What accomplishments could he/she be proud of? What was in his/her heart, and what qualities did he/she show the world? What were some of the things they loved? Did she love roses? Or perhaps your loved one served in the military. A family member's cemetery headstone can tell not only the next generation of family members, but perhaps the next 10 what your loved one was like. A headstone cannot be picked out, a memorial must be made.

A cemetery headstone for a departed child it can take on a whole new meaning. Along those lines, another way of how a headstone helps grief is by the families designing the headstone in a way that honors the best memories of their loved one's life.

Reflect that if your loved one's headstone is made out of strong materials--it will survive for years, even centuries. The headstones of a century ago must have been mourned at the time, but now there is a certain quiet peace around them. Also, how a headstone helps grief representing what you believe about the soul of the one buried underneath it. A good headstone can also remind survivors that their loved one's earthly pain is now gone. Any mistakes your loved one made are now a thing of the past, they will never falter again, and they will never have another sorrow.

Memorials are stepping-stones to the past, and to the future - they link the generations. Memories are precious and it is appropriate to share them with future generations. Memorials are a practical way of perpetuating these memories and providing a focal point for family, friends and others.

I think the arts play a large part in cemeteries, funerals and other aspects of death--and life. Artisans clearly played a significant part on the commemorative aspects of cemeteries in the past I am thinking of the monuments that were carved by hand by craftsmen with years of experience.

Cemeteries are outdoor history museums, art galleries, gardens, wildlife refuges, places to contemplate life and death, and obviously, remember our loved ones.
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Marion Steiding-Chappell
Shane Kenneth Fields
Thank You for sponsoring Shane's page on Find a Grave that I created. If you are related, I'll be happy to transfer to you. I'd need your name and number. I am not related, but know he must have been a great person.
Marion Steiding-Chappell
Added by Marion Steiding-Chappell on Jun 14, 2014 4:44 PM
Thanks for your time.Great photo.
Added by lucky13spth on Mar 05, 2014 8:08 PM
Richard Culler
RE: photo request
That's Ok, no hurry. I'm about sick of the cold, and all of the snow myself, here in Ohio. Take Care, Richard
Added by Richard Culler on Feb 14, 2014 9:28 PM
Bill E. Doman
Hi: Yes, feel free to use any photo's you wish. Generally, those who do, acknowledge who took the photo which is appreciated. I also transferred the husband with this memorial to you since you are related. Have a good day.
Added by Bill E. Doman on Aug 28, 2012 11:30 AM
Sue Hale Sheppard
John & Gertrude Cregger's gravestone pictures
Thank you so VERY, VERY much for the gravestone pictures for John Cregger and his wife, Gertrude.
Words cannot express how thankful I am for doing this for me; especially, since I did not know the exact dates of their births and deaths.
Added by Sue Hale Sheppard on Aug 19, 2012 5:35 PM
Clifford Trott headstone
Thank you for taking the photo.
:) Renae
Added by naekat70 on Apr 29, 2012 10:01 PM

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