Gone but not Forgotten

Temporary marker

Since it was a slightly overcast day yesterday I thought I’d revisit my church to finish up. Before I left I printed off a list of those that needed a headstone photo. I captured over 20 photos and I’m still missing about 5. Those missing are either newly buried or simply do not have a marker. It’s sad to me that they are unmarked due to whatever reason. On some markers, I’ve read “Gone but not forgotten“. For those that are not marked or have never been marked are they likely to be forgotten? No one knows they are there. The family that knew them know but as family comes and goes does the rest know? I know in researching my grandmother’s family her great grandparents are “missing”. No markers, no paperwork, no proof that they even lived other than my grandmother’s memory. I often think back to my signature on Find a Grave in these times.

‎…Good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when the forget me nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.  C H Spurgeon

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