Every now and then while researching people and searching for particular gravestones, the beauty of the engraving on a simple, slate stone will suddenly just stand out. Here is one such example from the Old Town Burial Ground, in Rollinsford, NH. The single word "Died" seems to be carved with embellishment, to honor the one who lies beneath maybe, or remind those who visit that death may indeed be anticipated as a paradise after the earthly body is at last laid to rest. Possibly it was a "signature" of this particular carver, identifying his work. In any case, it is... simply lovely.
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