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I went to Oakland this morning.

It was a fine day for graving in one of my favorite cemeteries.

Angels and other mourning figures catch the eye...
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The weeping angel on the Steen monument is a favorite of many visitors to the cemetery, and is one of my all time personal favorites. The level of detail the stone carver cut into this monument is incredible.
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I have no idea how long some of these old trees have been there, but their massive branches create cool quiet for meditation.
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Mausoleums...their doors - sometimes ornate, and sometimes quite plain - always intrigue me.
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Heartbreak immortalized in stone. H D and Kate Green lost two sons to war.
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Members of several cultures place stones upon a gravestone. The practice probably dates back to a Jewish tradition of marking a grave with a cairn of stones. Each mourner added a stone to the cairn to honor the deceased.

It's refreshing to see that the staff of Oakland do not sweep the stones off of gravestones, as is often done in larger corporate cemeteries.
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The gravestones at Oakland are full of symbols, as are many of the fences and gates.
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In addition to the likeness on this one, there is also a symbol of an eternal flame.
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If you are local to the area, you simply must go smell the roses while they are in bloom on this family plot.
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Inscriptions always catch my eye...
Died Thursday Morning
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My Beloved One Farewell
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