Ashes to Ashes Dust to Dust

Planet Earth Day 2017

In response to the ‘Photo Challenge ‘Earth

The Village Cemetery

Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

When I awoke today I was greeted by a beautiful morning, the sun was shining but I didn’t want to sing. Instead I drove to the tiny village cemetery to visit my husband’s grave. The urge to  visit today was strong , but the reason is unclear, it’s only a couple of days since I was there.

I had my customary chat with him, although I’m not sure why because I don’t believe his spirit is there. I believe his spirit is at home, walking free, I believe he’s everywhere.

If he’d had a choice and if I’d remembered to ask or to even think about it, I think he would have preferred his ashes to be scattered at home, not buried here even if it is a  pretty little cemetery. But that’s just it, I wasn’t thinking was I?

When we buried his ashes, the undertaker turned to my children and cheerfully announced “There’s room for your mother down there too!” I almost answered with “Hello… I’m still here!” but thought better of it seeing as I was about to read a prayer. Thankfully, my children had the good grace to wait until we’d moved away from the grave before collapsing into uncontrolled laughter. What is it with this family, have we no sense of propriety? Anyway, I have news for them all, I don’t want to be buried there either.

Footnote: ‘Ashes to ashes‘ derives from the English Burial Service. The text of that service is adapted from the Biblical text, Genesis 3:19 (King James Version): In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (

8 thoughts on “Ashes to Ashes Dust to Dust

  1. gc

    A person’s ashes should be scattered freely in the wind. Part of the universal concept of cosmic creation Susan. If the Big Bang had limited itself none of us would be anywhere.

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