Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Today's Holiday--Epitaph Day
Talk about weird--this observance has got to be at the top of my list. Although in my travels, I have often taken pictures of unusual tombstones, wondering at their significance.
Plan Your Epitaph Day is an international observance featured in Chase's Calendar of Events and in Wireless Flash News Service. Mark your calendar -- it occurs every year on November 2 to coincide with the Day of the Dead. Lance Hardie, creator of Plan Your Epitaph Day, has been interviewed by media personalities across the United States, Canada, England and Australia. He is at work on a book titled How to Write Your Own Epitaph -- and Live Long Enough to Enjoy It, due to be in print by the Day of the Dead.
Dedicated to the proposition that a forgettable gravestone is a fate worse than death. You too can be in a league with --William Shakespeare:
"...Curst be he that moves my bones."
and W.C. Fields:
"On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."
A small sampling from cemeteries around the world:
"Here lies the body of Richard Hind,
who was neither ingenious, sober or kind."
Poet H.J. Daniel's epitaph for his wife:
"To follow you I'm not content.
How do I know which way you went?"
Lawyer Sir John Strange:
"Here lies an honest lawyer,
and that is Strange."
Julian Skaggs of West Virginia:
"I made an ash of myself."
As for me--
Here lies what left of Marti's bones
But her spirit soared to Heaven's home.