I live next to a small historic cemetery and over become intrigued by it and cemeteries everywhere over the years. The older, the better! In this piece I was considering the rituals of funerals and the monuments built to keep watch over the dead. Some of the statues are beleagured with grief, bereft of hope, some are serene, while still others are impish children ready to charm you. But their commonality is that they stand vigil over us and accompany us into eternity.
RiTUAL. A ceremonial act ~ Rites used in the course of worship ~ The performance of ceremonial acts ~ The prescribed form of conducting the ceremony ~ A method of procedure that is followed without variation ~ performance with gestures, words, and objects, often in a sequestered place.
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