all who wander are not lost

Death in the family last weekend, which left us with a week of funeral arrangements. Always a strange event, filled with family and celebration of life, but also the incomprehensibility of death itself.

Special thanks to LiveDog2 for cultural counsel and support.

After everybody had gone home, and after I dropped my brother off at DTW, I found myself wandering through various cemeteries. Only a coincidence, because I usually find solace in these places even when somebody has not died.

Behold, ye strangers passing by
As you are now, so once was I
As I am now, so you must be
Prepare for death and follow me.

A veteran of the Grand Army of the Republic

8 Responses to Prepare For Death

  • Hey Brian, where in Resurrection is that Titanic monument ? You are talking about the cemetery on Clinton River Road – right ? Thats where we just buried my grandmother, and my grandfather and my cousin are there too. So Ive been checking that place out – its the offshoot of Mt. Eliott Cemetery next to Elmwood.

  • Yeah that is the one I was thinking of, it also has 1800s gravestones and a gate such as that.

  • Hey Brian –

    I think you are referring to the Millar Cemetery which is near the junction of Utica, 16 Mile and near Millar Road.

    This one is on Henry Ruff Road in Westland or Wayne. Its near the Eloise Cemetery.

  • Is this the graveyard off of Utica road near 16 mile?
    Speaking of graves, there is a grand Titanic survivor monument in Resurection, not far from Dr. Robotniks grave (no Joke) I also am a big fan of the Graveyard that is behind the public libary in Roseville. Small but very old.

  • Thanx Julie – yeah, Im aware of the Masonic icon. Its quite interesting how many people have been buried under that symbol. Last time I was in Washington D.C., they were restoring large parts of many of the structures. The White House had its foot thick layer of whitewash peeled off one side, which revealed a Masonic symbol that was carved several inches deep, and had to be 5 or 6 foot square.

  • Great pix, as always, dFunk. The GAR gentleman was a Mason. The “G” surrounded by the square and compass is the Masons’ symbol.

  • Never been there, but I know where you are talking about. I’ll have to check that out next time I out that way. Gasoline sure puts a cramp on my wandering.

  • ever been to Newburgh Cemetery in Livonia? that one’s got a headstone that’s almost completely enveloped by a huge elm tree trunk.

    the place has been around since after the Revolutionary War.