Cemeteries are not only beautiful, but they’re also full of stories. Stories told and stories waiting to be finished.
One can learn so much about a person by what’s inscribed on their gravestone. The courageous man who died fighting for our freedom. The woman who was a mother, daughter and keeper of her family. The baby boy who joined the world for only a day, but brought so much joy to those he touched.
The other day while strolling through a local cemetery, there were a few gravestones that stood out to me. They told stories of lives that I could envision and touched my heart with their incredible sweetness.
“War Veteran, Son, Father, Grandfather, Storyteller” I can imagine a boy sitting on his grandfather’s lap for hours listening to his stories of war and bravery. A boy who has now grown up and will one day share those same stories with grandchildren of his own.
“Mother / Daughter” In this shared grave site is a mother waiting for her beloved daughter, who will one day join her. From birth to death and beyond they will forever be side by side. Not even death can separate them.
“Sweethearts Forever” Underneath these words rests a man and woman whose love can never be denied. A love so strong that only one word is needed to describe it – forever.
All of these people have a story of a life lived. A life that continues to make an impact, even on those, like me, who they never met.
One day we will all have a gravestone story. What will ours say?