Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort

St. John's Cemetery, San Mateo

My daughter asked me yesterday, “Why do you like cemeteries so much?”

“Because I find them comforting” is what I should have said.  When I go to a graveyard, the world falls away.  Worries fade.  I understand that all things pass away, even stone.  Even memory.  What is important is how we treat each other now.  That we are kind.  That we are as generous as possible.  That we care for each other and take care of one another, without being asked, for no other reason than because we want to do what’s right.  Life is short and death is long and even graveyards crumble to dust — but love can make angels of us all, if we let it.

About Loren Rhoads

I am the author of the essay collection Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, co-author of the novel As Above, So Below, and editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. My science fiction trilogy begins with The Dangerous Type in 2015. In addition to blogging at CemeteryTravel.com, I blog about my morbid life at lorenrhoads.com.
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12 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort

  1. Pingback: 10 OCTOBER 2011 : ESTAP : COMFORT AND DISCOMFORT « 2011 – ON THE BENCH

  2. I just love this click…theres something so oddly haunting yet comforting about this statue…

  3. Nandini says:

    Beautiful picture. :)

  4. Loren, Your response to your daughter’s question is so simple, yet profound and deeply inspiring to me. I have always enjoyed walking through a cemetery for the quiet and peace that accompanies just that–the lack of interruption. I can be really alone with my thoughts. Yet still, I never quite put it all together before! The significance in that much sought after quiet is exactly as you put it–the cemetery is surely the place to recognize that everything else falls away and even fades from memory, but it’s what we do right now with relationships and how we view and treat others that is immortal. What a lovely way for me to start my week! Debra

    • Loren Rhoads says:

      Thanks so much for your thoughts. I was hesitant to be so honest, so you made my day!

      • Loren, I’m putting up a post on my site tomorrow about silence and quiet. I went back in my mind to what you wrote, and I plan to reference it, along with a link to your site. I don’t have huge readership, but I hope some traffic is directed to you. Your site is so unusual, and well composed! Debra

  5. So inspiring! Thanks for sharing your insights.

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  7. 2e0mca says:

    I sometimes go to our local Cemeteries (one is the largest in London) and amble among the angelic sculptures and crosses. It brings a feeling of peace in our fraught world. Nice post :-)

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