Wednesday, July 10, 2013



Photo by me, taken at Spring Grove Cemetery

Some people want the last resting place for their body to be elaborate and impressive. I guess, maybe they lived an elaborate and impressive life.  This mausoleum is unfinished and falling down but it has an elevator from the bottom to the top floors (unusable now but it was built there for two brothers (hence the double stairway?) who wanted people to know how wealthy and important they were in life - and in death.)  It is pretty interesting - fashioned after Notre Dame and it's buttrusses and arches.  I would like to sneak inside but it's all locked up and it might be dangerous - not because of vampires or zombies, but because of structural damage.  Spring Grove Cemetery contains many impressive structures like this in a park-like setting - well worth a trip to walk the paths and see the ponds with trees and flowers in bloom.

My aunt's funeral was Monday and her body is now at Forest Lawn Cemetery - not a fancy mausoleum in site, just headstones set in the ground.  Now is the time for going through the house and sorting, giving away, throwing out and cleaning.  I guess it will be done, one day at a time.  I want to thank everyone who offered condolences and words of support.  

5 comments: said...

Hi Rhonda, I know how difficult this time can be. After the funeral when you have to clean up and go through stuff. I've done it and it's sad.

I like your photo of that fancy mausoleum even if it's run down. And an elevator inside! My oh my. But as we all know, it's only to impress the living. Good luck to you and your family this week.

Helen K. Beacham Fine Art said...

My condolences to your family. Thanks for sharing, Rhonda.

RH Carpenter said...

There is A LOT of sorting and boxing and clearing out to do - will take weeks, I'm sure. Yes, isn't that mausoleum something special?? Can't imagine wanting to spend the money for something like that but who knows what people need to make them feel good?!? ha ha

Thanks, Helen :)

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Rhonda - just catching up on your posts. So sorry about your aunt. You certainly are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless You.

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Debbie :)