Sure, there’s a lot of stone in cemeteries, but there aren’t a lot of rocks. They always grab my attention when I see them. This one in Rolla, Missouri was about the size of a Smart Car.
Ashland Cemetery, St. Joseph, Missouri
They can’t help but be striking, some for the sheer size of them.
How do you choose a boulder for your loved one? Is there a store? Is it a rock from the deceased’s favorite mountainside…a beloved picnic spot? Once you’ve picked one out, how in the world do you transport it?
Sometimes the natural beauty of the stone makes it pretty obvious why someone chose it.
And I like the functionality of this boulder in Dungeness. Two people’s remains are encased there. I’ve seen this type of burial from Washington to Florida. Sometimes whole families will be entombed in the same stone. I bet it’s a greener way to go.
City Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee
Sometimes you just know there has to be a story.
Are natural stone memorials a common sight in your part of the world?
10 thoughts on “Rocks of Ages”
I really like this idea. I have seen only one – back in “hippie corner” in Eureka Springs.
I really need to go back to that cemetery. I’ve only seen it at night on a Halloween tour.
There is a lot going on there – it’s worth a visit in the daylight.
I’ll put it on my wish list.
I have never seen one. But I’m all for it — rock ‘n’ roll!
Har-har, rock’n’roll. You’d have a lot of trouble rolling one of these rocks!
That I would!
I’ve never seen this sort of stone/boulder before, but then I’m in the UK and the wildest tombstone ideas I’ve seen have been in Highgate Cemetery.
Visiting Highgate is on my MUST-DO list! The last time I was in the UK, I was with my teen-aged sons. They weren’t willing to indulge my cemetery addiction, but next time…
I just had a thought, maybe stone circles are the ancient UK version of our boulder memorials.
They could be.