The fading art of death

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I love cemeteries, in part because monumental art is often strikingly beautiful.  It’s a shame that so many cemeteries nowadays only allow flat, flush to the ground markers.  It’s part of our larger cultural issues with death.  Time was funerals were held in the home, and families would picnic in cemeteries on Sundays.  Now we push death away, hold it at arm’s length, keep it sterile.  Funeral homes take much of the burden off grieving families.  And a flat marker is simple, easy for the groundskeepers to just mow right over.  But what do we lose in order to gain convenience?