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Second Funeral

I grabbed the hammer in my right hand and snatched up a handful of nails in my left. My hands trembled so badly I could barely steady the first nail long enough to drive it into the wooden plank. 332 more words

Short Story

Oakwood Cemetery

“Round the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate.”

– Tolkien

What you are looking at is the original entrance on the western side of Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, NY.   462 more words


The Wheat from the Chaff

There is no goodbye. Not in terms of Susanna. Two years ago yesterday was the day my daughter was buried during a day-long driving rain. I was hoping she would like the chapel with stained glass, and the winding pathways in the picturesque historical cemetery. 414 more words

Assumption Cemetery

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help.”

– Psalm 121:1

I often find myself going back to certain statues over and over again.  165 more words


Forest Hill Cemetery

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

– Robert Browning

When I first saw this monument, I was driving uphill toward another part of the cemetery.   258 more words


Modesty Defeats Zeal

John Piper whose earnestness has been known to tighten jaws knocks it out of the park on cremation (via Challies):

The body is good: 288 more words

Being Human

Heaven is where the pets go

The first thing everybody always wants to know about a death is “Was it unexpected?”  Of course it was unexpected; what other kind of death is there?   796 more words