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UER Forum > Archived Canada: Alberta / BC > On A Glum Winter's Day (Viewed 945 times)
Wiccan 


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On A Glum Winter's Day
< on 3/22/2009 9:58 PM >
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March 20th is the first day of Spring,yet there is no sign of it here. Yesterday was supposed to be a balmy +5,so I was looking forward to getting out and seeing something,anything. Living in a ridiculously rural area without wheels at the moment,all I could find was this. The wind was bitterly cold and the sky was grey,but still a decent trip when there's nothing else to see at the moment.

Not many people here are into cemeteries but this one,established in August 1910 for the sum of 100$,will have to do for today. In some areas I was up to my knees in snow,other areas had none.

Here,I find a war memorial,it's inscription reading "To the glory of God and in memory of our comrades who fell in the war. 1914-1918."
The area directly behind me is full of veteran headstones,including a few infants.



Here is a closeup of the flat stone at the base.



Moving on,here is the stone of a little boy who fell down a flight of stairs. Buried under the snow is a bunch of little toys and such.



A crude iron cross marks the final resting place of another baby who lived for five days,date of death September 11,1946.



Three sisters lie in a row,two living to be seven and one dying in infancy.




Finding the children's area too depressing,I trip over buried headstones and such over to here. I suspect that there's a family plot in here,but the trees have long hidden the stones underneath.



Here is where bodies are kept awaiting burial until the ground thaws. According to recent obituaries,I imagine there are at least a few under there right now.



Here is a stone with chains around it,that have half rusted off. The only one like this in the whole cemetery,I don't think I've seen one like this before.



More to come,for those that are interested.




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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 1 on 3/22/2009 10:17 PM >
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Part two,here is the stone of a young lady who is said to have taken her own life.



I'm not sure why people choose to have tombs like this,maybe it's to prevent the graves from sinking?



Here is the back of a stone belonging to a young man who died in a bike or car crash,I don't remember which.



Here lies a two year old girl,1970-1972.



The largest stone in the cemetery,this one belongs to a man who once lived in my house,cut down by cancer at a young age.



An overview of the cemetery,I wish the sky wasn't so dark.Many,many flat stones are hidden from view,lying beneath the snow.



Heading back home,this bridge lies just beyond the cemetery. In the area to the right,a truck went off there a few years ago,landing in the water and killing one of the occupants.



A view further down the river.



I hope you enjoyed my somewhat morbid trek out to the county cemetery,thanks for looking!

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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 2 on 3/22/2009 10:58 PM >
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Not morbid at all, death is a part of life, granted a sucky part, but still a part. Thanks for the tour, it must be strange to know so many peoples story that are in the graveyard. There are much to many around here to know more than a few.

You can see a million miles tonite, but you can't get very far.

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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 3 on 3/23/2009 12:29 AM >
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I only know some of the stories because this is a town with under 1000 people,and I'm nosy that way.
The house where the baby fell is just around the corner from me,but that was long before I moved here,poor little fella.

Thanks for looking!

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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 4 on 3/23/2009 7:20 AM >
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Yep....We all die. 22.000 days, it's about all we got, it's not a lot....22.000 days....

I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you, too!
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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 5 on 3/24/2009 3:23 AM >
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Thanks for the post! Good reading.

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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 6 on 3/24/2009 7:28 AM >
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This thread reminded me of my friend's farm. Way out in the back 40 there's a large isolated woodlot, and in the midst of it there is an old cemetery that's long been forgotten. Most of the graves date to the early 1800's. It's really quite a sight - overgrown with mature trees, vines, underbrush... It's actually spookier than anything I've seen in any movie. I have no pictures, as I had never brought my camera back there, and he didn't live there long. Now that I have the urge to go photograph it, I'm living a few timezones away.

Perhaps on my next visit home I'll do what I can & post them here, but I doubt it will happen any time too soon. :[

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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 7 on 3/25/2009 5:14 PM >
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Fascinating posts. Good work.


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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 8 on 3/25/2009 5:18 PM >
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wow this is super grim, id be tempted to open the temporary body storage just a crack and peep inside!

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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 9 on 3/25/2009 10:11 PM >
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Thanks for the replies.

A grim subject indeed,and I was wondering if I wasn't being a tad too morbid sharing the stories. But if I can't provide good photography I have to have something,right?

I'll be back when it's nicer out,there's lots more interesting ones here that I was too cold to look for.

*And oh yeah,I was most tempted to lift the lid and take a peek! But I get my fill of seeing coffins from the funeral home that's directly behind my house.
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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 10 on 4/21/2009 6:05 PM >
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I enjoyed your set very much. I have never seen a chain with bells on a grave and wonder if it was designed as some sort of rescue alarm? Probably not, but still unique! I always like those photographs people put on the stones too it is very personal.

Winter is strange time for graveyards as they themselves sleep and when the snow melts it is like the dead reborn again.



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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 11 on 4/22/2009 12:08 AM >
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Posted by noogie
I enjoyed your set very much. I have never seen a chain with bells on a grave and wonder if it was designed as some sort of rescue alarm? Probably not, but still unique! I always like those photographs people put on the stones too it is very personal.

Winter is strange time for graveyards as they themselves sleep and when the snow melts it is like the dead reborn again.




I read that there was a very old custom where a string was tied around the wrist of the person buried and then fed up through a pipe to the top where it was tied to a bell. Someone would stand watch over the grave and if the person would happen to wake up, they would ring the bell and alert the person standing watch so there would be help summoned to dig up the grave.
Hence the sayings "Saved by the bell" and "Dead ringer".

This was back when people were inadvertantly buried alive. Folks would think they were dead but were comatose. When the bodies were dug up so that the grave can be reused, there would be signs on the coffin (ie scratch marks) and the body would not be in the same position that it was in when buried.

Fortunately, with today's diagnostics and embalming, the chance of being buried alive are very slim.

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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 12 on 4/23/2009 8:09 PM >
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That dead ringer/saved by the bell concept is bunk...

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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 13 on 4/24/2009 6:29 AM >
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How so? If it's a myth, i'd be rather curious as to where it originated.......
I do know that in the 1400's in Spain, as black death was going on, when bodies were thrown into mass graves, people always would drive a metal spike through the big toe, just in case. That is a proven fact. Cute idea, the bell and all, though.

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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 14 on 4/24/2009 11:56 PM >
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Boxing, 1930's.

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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 15 on 4/25/2009 3:14 AM >
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I find cemeteries to be a very intense experience. Part of me wonders how this person died (particularly the young ones) and if they ever have visitors any more.

There's also a part of me that looks at the date of death that goes back a decade or two (eg. 1984) and wonders how it was for the family at the time (in coping), how they are today or have they all passed on, do they still visit, has the husband/wife passed on as well?

It's a thought provoking experience that really puts me in touch with my own mortality and thinking that one day too, my own parents will be remembered like this, with only a four digit number marking the last year of their life.

Geez... now I need to go watch a cheerful movie




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Re: On A Glum Winter's Day
<Reply # 16 on 4/26/2009 2:18 AM >
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It is amazing that you know all of these stories, did you take the pictures, then ask people about the names?



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