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12 comments on “What’s yours?

  1. Jed

    Tuesday 19th February 2013 at 12:47 am

    Lucy – what a gift you have – I love the idea of carvings on the reverse and beneath the ground… you have an amazing and very beautiful talent. What a pity some cemeteries insist on identical memorial plaques – regimented and army like. I much prefer individuality and to see something of the soul represented. What a treat it was to spend time in your gallery. Thank you.

  2. Richard

    Monday 18th February 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Some lovely craftsmanship on display in the gallery section of your site, Lucy.

  3. Monday 18th February 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Whilst overall I agree with Richard – simple, traditional, understated – I do like some of the more enigmatic or amusing inscriptions that make you smile or make you think

  4. Evelyn

    Thursday 14th February 2013 at 12:01 pm

    It would make for a dull wander round the grave yards if they were all written up like an electoral register…

    I’d like “a breath of fresh air” on mine…. (like Onesiphorus)
    and the second date to be 2055!!

  5. Quokkagirl

    Thursday 14th February 2013 at 6:50 am

    Nothing is new. My father – who would now be nearly 100 – used to joke about headstone inscriptions when I was a child. His favourites were ‘Beneath this sod lies another’ and ‘Here he lies as he has always lied’.

    Taking it all a bit seriously Richard methinks. Maybe dates and names then your own favourite quote to personalise it? Go on, you know you want to.

  6. Richard

    Tuesday 12th February 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Not sure if this has been posted before:

    http://davidkirkpatrick.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/santa-clause-grave.jpg

  7. Tuesday 12th February 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Wanna heeeeadstoooone!!!!

  8. Richard

    Tuesday 12th February 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Charles, your utter uniqueness will be immortalised in various media whether or not you have a crazy coffin, madcap headstone and zany eulogy!

  9. Tuesday 12th February 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Well, you would say that, Richard. But this is the Age of Me (Me Me). I want my utter uniqueness to be hymned and fabled til the end of time.

  10. Richard

    Tuesday 12th February 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I’m not sure personalised funerals and headstones always succeed in being more interesting than prescribed liturgy and wording. Neither have to be an extension of your personality in order to save you from being deemed a bore. If they do, then I’m happy to be dull.

  11. Tuesday 12th February 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Well, it’s interesting you say that, Richard. We live in the age of the ‘personalised’ funeral – and the (pretty much) uniform headstone.

    I think a headstone offers a literary opportunity — if not a duty. We must all strive to be interesting!

  12. Richard

    Tuesday 12th February 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Jokes are fine for web forums but, at the risk of seeming like a po-faced Quaker, understatement wins for me:

    In memory of
    JOE BLOGGS
    Born 11 November 1930
    Died 12 February 2012
    May he rest in peace

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