Dianne J

Member for
2 years · 8 months · 7 days
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A taphophile is a person who takes an interest in cemeteries, tombstones, or memory of past lives. I have always enjoyed walking in a cemetery--the serenity, the history, the curiosity are all aspects that interest me. Find a Grave has become my volunteer project in this later stage of my life.

I welcome your correspondence concerning corrections, additional information, and duplication of memorials. To those who view the memorial: I try to verify what I can when someone sends a change or addition, but most of the time the information is from family genealogy research. I have no reason to not trust the information is correct. If you find a discrepancy or error, remember that this is a volunteer effort from many sources. Also, Find a Grave merges duplicated memorials. You may find information on a memorial I manage that was added by Find A Grave in a merge. One example--unless the obit is very old, I prefer to write the information in the obituary in my own words. Others prefer to copy the obituary as is from the funeral home. I am not responsible for those obits that have been copied.

I want to express a heartfelt THANK YOU to those contributors who are prompt to accept my edit requests or at least let me know why I was declined! The success of this website is based on volunteers who work together.

You do not need to contact me to use my photographs as long as it is for personal use and noncommercial. If I have used a picture of a temporary marker and a permanent monument or marker is set, please let me know.

My profile picture is a weeping willow, one of my favorite trees, from a very old headstone.

My favorite epitaph:

“Consider, friend, as you pass by:
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, you too shall be.
Prepare, therefore, to follow me.”
~unnamed Scottish tombstone~

And the retort:
"To follow you I’m not content,
Until I know which way you went!"

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