Watching over the Graves #TreeLove

One from my #SriLankaDiaries, this one is a capture of a beautiful tree next to the tombstones, inside the compounds of the Groote Kerk or the Dutch Reformed Church of 1755, located inside the Galle Fort, in the Southern part of the country.

After a tour of the interiors of the church, I came out to see these tombstones and the beautiful tree caught my eye. I read the epitaphs and wondered how the lives of each of these people had been. Did they live long enough or were the lives suddenly cut short? It is strange that when a loved one has been laid to rest in a cemetery the final stage of closure involves the placement of a tombstone or grave marker identifying their grave. It is here that we are given one final occasion to communicate to the world the significance of our loved one.

One cannot help but notice how the tree had added to the beauty of what would have been a bare stretch of memorials. This was indeed a beautiful place for a final rest.

P1090608.JPGThursday Tree love is a photo feature on Parul’s blog and is hosted on 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. The next edition will be live on December 28, 2017. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link it back to her post.

If you don’t see the pingback, please leave a link to your post in her comments section. She will link your posts on her blog in the next edition and spread some love. Let’s come together to appreciate the beautiful nature around us. 

Before you go, don’t forget to check the lovely trees shared on #ThursdayTreeLove – 28

28 thoughts

    1. Thanks, Archana. Yes, the tree would also give shade to the visitors and the families of those buried if they ever came visiting some day. Who knows?

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    1. The tree is standing on its own. The graves are by the side of the wall as you can see the slabs or the tombstones with epitaphs on them.

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    1. Thanks Angela. It is really very peaceful albeit a little eerie because of the tombstones. The church is also very pretty. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Angela.

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      1. 7th night to Sunday afternoon. Joy surprise dilo because last year we had our 20th but all of us were sick with viral fever. Last year er ta ei bochor holo

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  1. I always find graveyards fascinating in a spooky kind of way. Firstly the idea of being in a confined space even when I’m dead freaks me out . I love the thought of my soul set free with the final burst of the skull. And yes, trees are silent witness to so much and their branches seem to offer shelter to those lying below its canopy

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    1. Yes, trees do add something more crucial and meaningful to such places! A botanical garden in a cemetery is truly unique and beautiful!

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  2. That’s a beautiful entry and very similar to Balaka’s entry in the previous edition. I feel trees around a tomb or grave are a symbol of life after death. Or let’s call it presence. Thank you Esha for joining!

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