I met Carole Tyrrell years ago, when I discovered her blog Shadows Fly Away. She wonder a wonderfully in-depth feature where she examines one symbol that appears on gravestones, usually in England, and provides history, analysis, and beautiful photos to illustrate it.
Always attracted to the dark side of life as it’s much more entertaining, Carole has been involved with cemeteries for over 30 years. They are an oasis of peace and history. Carole’s fascination with cemetery symbols and their meaning has led to her blog, leading symbolism tours, and a forthcoming book. I can’t wait to read it.
Carole’s essay in Death’s Garden Revisited is about falling in love with London’s Nunhead Cemetery — and how the cemetery changed her life.
What’s your favorite thing to do in a cemetery?
Appreciate the calm.
Tell me about your favorite cemetery.
Very overgrown, very Gothic, great view from the top of the hill.
Is there a cemetery or gravesite you’ve always wanted to visit?
Too many to mention! One is Arnos Vale in Bristol.
If you have anything to say about it, what would your epitaph be?
See you soon.
Do you have a favorite song about cemeteries or graveyards?
“Cemeteries of London” by Coldplay.
That’s perfect! You can check out Carole’s contributor to the Death’s Garden Revisited playlist on Spotify.
I would also love it if you’d check out Death’s Garden Revisited, which is available for preorder on Kickstarter now. This beautiful book will be full of 40 amazing essays about why visiting cemeteries is important. Check it out — and please consider joining the other backers: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lorenrhoads/deaths-garden-revisited-relationships-with-cemeteries