Monthly Archives: August 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

The history of leaving flowers for the dead stretches back beyond memory.  These are some of my favorites:  delicately painted ceramic flowers brightening the plain wooden cross on a grave in Paris.  The French call them “immortelles.” The cemetery is … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

Forest Hills Cemetery’s original gateway had been Egyptian, styled after the ancient portico at Garsey, on the Upper Nile. The cemetery had been founded as nondenominational at the start.  Despite that, the cemetery’s 19th-century clientele rejected Egyptian architecture as too … Continue reading

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Cemetery of the Week #28: Boston’s Forest Hills Cemetery

Forest Hills Cemetery 95 Forest Hills Avenue Boston, Massachusetts 02130 Telephone: (617) 524-0128 info@foresthillscemetery.com Established: 1848 Size: 250 acres Number of interments: 99,000, as of 1998. No later figures are readily available. (See the final link below.) Open: The cemetery … Continue reading

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A Lovely Guide to Boston’s Forest Hills Cemetery

Garden of Memories: A Guide to Historic Forest Hills by Susan Wilson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Founded in 1848, Boston’s Forest Hills is one of the most beautiful cemeteries I’ve ever visited. I owe that visit to stumbling … Continue reading

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What do you want your tombstone to say?

One of my suggestions made WordPress’s Post A Day prompt today! I’ve run through several potential epitaphs. When I published Death’s Garden: Relationships with Cemeteries in 1994, I wanted my epitaph to say, “She tried always to do right — … Continue reading

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