It is Halloween, that time of Trick-or-Treat, El Dia de los Muertos, All Soul’s Day and the annual SMU burying ground post.
Old burying grounds in New England can be beautiful this time of year with the trees turning, the leaves on the ground and smell of autumn in the air. This year, we are having exceptional colors in New England.
This year, I have put together a collections of headstones from the 18th and 19th century in chronological order to show the progression of funerary art. New England has some of the oldest burying grounds in the US and here in Essex county, we have several that are well preserved. We have a rich tapestry of epitaphs in which are woven the warnings of the fragility of youth, the promise of resurrection and messages of love. You may want to pause this to read the headstones yourself. I hope you enjoy this little piece.
But on this Halloween, memento mori. Keep a holly stake handy, get the garlic out of the kitchen and pack your silver bullets. The familiars are all around tonight.