Saturday, August 29, 2009

Graves without Tombstones

Why am I going to talk about graves with no stones? Well because I am feeling pretty good about a good deed done by myself and my family.
Three weeks ago I went to the Mall and on my way out there was this office set up to sell monuments. So I went inside and inquired on prices .Well to my surprise they had a sale on a flat Placque, the size was 20 by something. So I hurried home and told Mom and my brother about the sale. And we decided then and there to have one done for my Dad who died five years ago. His not having a marker really bothered me. And the best of it, is that he is buried with his grandparents who also had no Marker on the gravesite. One of them died in 1941 and the other in 1951. All these years I am sure there must have been someone searching for their grave. So we have ordered the stone with both their names and we added Grandson and my Dad's name and dates of birth and deaths. What a nice feeling to be able to do this.
I am sure many years ago , folks were poor and could not afford tombstones, it is a shame because sometimes records get lost , records burn and so does the location of their burial. So now is the time to put stones or even a small plaque on some graves of our ancestors so that others will not have a problem finding their ancestors. I have a grandfather and a baby sister that are buried in a cemetery and we do not know where. Blueprints have burned so all we know is that they are somewhere in that cemetery. If you cannot afford a stone, ask the cousins and aunts and uncles to help out. Make it a family project. Have some kind of fundraiser to buy a stone. Where there is a Will there is a Way as the saying goes.
That''sssssss allll ffffolks. grin.
Thanks for the visit, do stop by again
Have a great day


Lori E said...

You are so right but what about those who are cremated? No records for them at all.

Velda said...

ALINE! I don't know if you read my blog and perhaps this prompted your story.....maybe not....but my nanny and uncle (infant death) do not have stones. Ever since I found out, I've been VERY bothered...could you email me or facebook me with a few more details (mainly cost, if it's not to personal to ask) I REALLY want to do this..for so many reasons...

alineskee said...

Velda , will do.
Lori, if they were cremated, then that is very difficult, I do know some threw their ashes at sea ,it is a shame. If we can mark even one grave with a stone or cross and their names at least it will be one less couple to have to search for .