Monday, May 21, 2012

Taphophile Tragics: humble grave marker

Across the road from Lucrezia, is another child's grave with a much humbler marker.  This child lived only 8 months.  It looks as if his parents could not afford a stone marker so made their own.  The punched metal plate gives his name and date.  It is set in a wooden frame that forms a cross and is attached to a metal pipe that is driven into the ground.  The whole thing, almost 100 years old, is fragile and falling apart.   This one is so sad on so many levels that I can barely look at it.  For other cemetery wanderings, visit Taphophile Tragics.

I'll be away for a week, and will do my best to leave a comment here and there.


  1. Whatever their reason for using this grave marker, its uniqueness - and mix of materials - really appeals to me aesthetically. Amazing it survived nearly 100 years! Nothing about this baby's death is appealling, of course. Just sad.

  2. I really, really like this one. And, apart from the wood, it seems to have stood the test of time much better than some of the stone markers that probably costs much more money to have erected.

  3. About as humble, and touching, as they come. The infinite loss, but the means to preserve the memory are most finite and fragile. Your photo will live on though, after rust and decay have taken the rest.