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Nether Alderley [Mar. 26th, 2012|09:53 am]
Tony Grist
In Nether Alderley churchyard I met a woman who was sweeping her own grave. She hadn't been in it yet, but she'd reserved the spot and put down a little square stone as a marker. The stone was incised with the family name. There were other stones round it- most of them covering properly dead people. The stones were in the shadow of the tower and nest-building birds had been dropping twigs on them. Most of the properly dead people had been her friends. " They were a sociable lot," she said. "They liked parties. My husband and I joke about them coming out in the middle of the night to have cocktails." 
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-03-26 10:19 am (UTC)
Both of my grandmothers had graves, with engraved stones in place, years before they died. My paternal grandmother thought it funny.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-03-26 03:28 pm (UTC)
None of my grandparents have any kind of marker that I'm aware of.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-03-27 10:58 am (UTC)
Really? None at all?

The graveyard in which all four of mine lie is also the final resting place of two great-grandparents, one great-great-grandfather, and one great-great-great-grandfather. They all have markers.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-03-27 04:06 pm (UTC)
We had them all cremated and that- so far as I'm aware- was the end of it. Perhaps their names are recorded in some Book of Remembrance somewhere, frankly I'm not interested.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-03-26 01:32 pm (UTC)
My parents had their plot bought and ready for years. Dad died first and when his stone was put in so was my mom's minus any inscription. They wanted matching stones.
:)
It's a healthy attitude towards death, I think.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-03-26 03:29 pm (UTC)
My father's ashes are in the local churchyard with a small marker. My mother will join him there, I suppose.
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2012-04-03 04:55 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a woman with a good realistic attitude to life and death! In fact, she almost sounds medieval in her meticulous preparations.
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