Category Archives: Cemetery essay

My thoughts in a longer form about graveyards and the challenges they face.

Death’s Garden: Night of the Reaper

by Christopher R. Bales The meeting room was small, crowded, and smelled like old books. Tall shelves crammed with dusty records and yellowed pamphlets surrounded the large wooden table. Old maps, posters, even a genuine turn-of-the-century embalming certificate decorated the … Continue reading

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Death’s Garden Revisited call for submissions

Twenty years ago, I was given a box of miscellaneous cemetery photos. They had been taken by my best friend’s husband over the course of his travels around the Americas. Blair was 28 years old and dying of AIDS. He wanted … Continue reading

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A Restless Wind is Blowing Through Highgate

  No one agrees where this story started or rather, there are as many beginnings as there are storytellers. In the early days, Hampstead Heath was the only thing sinister about the area. Highwaymen flourished there, like Dick Turpin, whose … Continue reading

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Death’s Garden: History Lives like Ghosts

by Trilby Plants I love cemeteries. They are the keepers of memory and history. Every graveyard holds secrets and surprises. No, I’ve never seen a ghost in one, but I’ve seen family history in them. I’m an amateur genealogist and … Continue reading

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Death’s Garden: The Graveyard of my Childhood

by Claudius Reich I was nine years old when we moved in next to the cemetery. I suppose I didn’t always hate the suburbs; that came later.  From a crowded apartment in the middle of Boston, all of a sudden … Continue reading

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