Honor The Dead
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- 2 years · 11 months · 3 days
- Find A Grave ID
Feel free to use any of the photos that I have posted, and if you are related to one of the people whose memorials I manage, I would be happy to transfer to you.
Being a graver has been an interesting study for me. It has resulted in a change in the way I view the lives of those who have gone before me.
"To look at the elderly is to recognize that that man made his path of life toward me. There is a whole plan of God walking with this person and it started with his ancestors and it continues with his children. When we believe that history starts with us, we stop honoring the elderly." -- Jorge Bergoglio
That observation by Jorge Bergoglio (future Pope Francis) brings to my mind why genealogy and family history are so important, and it reminds me to be grateful to God for those who have gone before me.
When my kids see my interest in FindAGrave and see me go out on my strolls through cemeteries, and hear me talk about my friends in the graveyard, they look at each other and wonder if there is any hope for me.
I am new to this field of study, but am enjoying learning about the lives of those who have gone before us. My relatives, and neighbors, my ancestors, the ancestors of friends, and the people whose lives formed the backdrop and history of my town and my boyhood. They all have been coming to life for me, and I have been learning many interesting stories. What I call a "field of study" is part History, part genealogy, part learning where people came from, learning who is connected to whom, and part becoming aware of the great sacrifices, sorrow, pain, struggle, and joy that have been a part of all of these people.
I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, but have been in Hingham, Massachusetts for 20 years now. My interest in this began with genealogy, but has grown recently through my work with Veterans, and my interest in the stories of many Hingham men who gave their lives while in service.