“Cemeteries should be more than places where stones lie on the ground. Cemeteries hold the stories of the people who have lived in the past… people who have shaped our past.” ~ Audrey BierhansEarlier this week, I drove to a cemetery at the other side of the city to look for my grandmother’s grave.
Grandma died forty two years ago and shamefully, it’s over thirty years since I visited, maybe even more. I stopped visiting when my own mother stopped asking me to take her.
Even though grandma died some years before my fourth daughter was born, Sophie has developed an interest in grandma’s colourful life and suggested we should visit the grave.
The cemetery is in one of the most deprived areas of the city, an area where there have been a number of shootings between rival communities. Therefore, no longer an area I would visit alone.
We arrived at the cemetery with an armful of flowers but minus the grave plot number! However, I was in a positive frame of mind and was certain I could remember more or less where the grave lay.
Searching in front of the little chapel we were shocked and disappointed to find a group of graves had been damaged.
Headstones lie on the ground with the engravings hidden from view, and stone and marble surrounds broken into pieces. Was this vandalism or the weather? This group appeared to be the only section damaged.
The city council owns and maintains the cemetery, but will it fix the damage, is this a temporary state? In today’s financial climate, I guess not!
I filmed a short video to send to my friend and have included here, please excuse my commentary.
Despite gingerly stepping around these damaged graves, we were unable to find grandma’s. Was it one of the damaged ones? Who knows, so, we have decided we will return to continue our search, but next time with the plot number!© Sue W-nansfarm.net 2017
In response to the word challenge Gingerly and linked loosely to the photo challenge Temporary