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Sunday 14 October 2012

Cemetery Sunday - Grave Offerings



During my time photographing cememtery and graves have have come across many 'grave offering' and personal items.  Some are more usual than others, flowers, toys for children and babies and even the occasional windmill.  The other day I came across a mug happily sitting in a little alcove on a gravestone.  I wonder if the mug had special meaning to whoever left it behind.

Below are some examples of the other grave offerings I have come across.








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5 comments:

  1. Fascinating to see the little symbols and rituals that help people handle their grief

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    1. It is. It also helps to make the graves seem more 'human', if you know what I mean.

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  2. It also pleases and surprises me that these little offerings are not stolen. I saw one child's grave with Dinky toys on it - those things are valuable!

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    1. I think it really depends on the cemetery or churchyard. I have come across some places where offerings have been kicked about and scattered throughout the grounds.

      Recently there was a story in out local paper about some children's gaves that had had stuff stolen from them and broken. I often wonder about the mentality of people who would do something like that. Sometimes I really do prefer the dead to the living.

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  3. here you see styrofoam cups, from dunkin donuts, or starbucks on some graves...

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