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Memorial reminds us of the distress of childhood death

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Another of my pictures of memorials – I found this one in Cartmel Priory in the Lake District this summer, in the part of the Priory that used to be a local church – an immense memorial to an obviously much-loved child, who died at the age of nine. A reminder that death in childhood was common at one time, but the distress it caused was nevertheless always real. And so much of the world still experiences that distress far too often.Cartmel Priory memorial to a child who died at 9



Written by Malcolm Payne

30 September 2014 at 12:17 pm

Picturing memorials, cemetaries and sensuality

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20140915 cemetaries sensualityI thought you might be interested to know that loads of people (not just me, as I occasionally do in this blog) take pictures of cemetaries and memorials: I think how people memorialise those they have lost is an important aspect of culture. So I was impressed by a list published by some somebody using Mamluke as a name of cemetary groups on Flickr, the photosharing website.

Link to Mamluke’s list

Intriguingly, one of the sites listed is about sensuality in memorials, and mainly consists of graves that include statues of naked or filmily-dressed women among their memorials; mainly catering to the viewing interests of men, I fancy; or perhaps sensuality in cemetaries has never focused on male sensuality.

Link to Cemetaries and Sensuality Flickr Group.

Written by Malcolm Payne

17 September 2014 at 12:59 pm

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Berlin memorial to Nazi book-burning is significant everywhere and for everyone

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Book burning memorialUsually when I post a picture of a memorial, it’s about a person, but this is a picture of the memorial in Berlin to the Nazi book-burning: it is empty library shelving let into a hole in the ground in a square, the Bebelplatz.

Memorials to a significant event express meaning that may affect everyone, and may memorialise many life experiences, by making you think about how everyone everywhere gains for the right to freedom of expression and education.

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17 January 2014 at 4:36 pm

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Russian soldiers memorialised in a small town in Poland

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DSCF1951Another of my memorials – here is a slightly strange one. I was reminded of it this week visiting Opole, the university, administrative and market town in Silesia, South Poland, that I’ve been visiting every so often to work at the university.

Just by the University you find this memorial to Russian soldiers who died there during the war, maintained but not exactly visited now that Poland is not part of the Soviet-influenced part of Europe.

But a striking memory of an important past to a generation that will soon die out, and one that is less familiar that the various national graveyards from the first and second world wars in Western Europe.

Written by Malcolm Payne

28 June 2013 at 12:45 pm

Memorials among the fishes

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130617 Eternal reefsThis is another (American) way of creating a memorial for someone who has died: you have an environmentally-friendly concrete doodad sunk in the sea with your ashes and a plaque, which fishes and coral can inhabit and grow on. The website, under ‘family resources’ also has sensible brief words of guidance for families going through a dying process.

Link to ‘Eternal Reefs’ website.

Written by Malcolm Payne

18 June 2013 at 12:02 pm

Mozart, Liszt and Bartok memorials in Bratislava

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Another of my occasional posts of memorials. These are of three composers who performed or stayed in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia – it’s only a few miles from Vienna and was one of the major cities of the Austro-Hungarian empire. These memorial plaques are in three different styles and represent composers of different periods: Mozart, Liszt and Bartok.

Memorial MozartMemorial LisztMemorial Bela Bartok

Written by Malcolm Payne

15 March 2013 at 12:07 pm

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Leave your own eulogy

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130114 My own eulogyAn interesting American website which allows you to record your own eulogy for your funeral (including pics and videos) so your relatives don’t have to work it out for themselves.

And you can tell the world how wonderful you were.

It also allows you to leave private messages, so you can slag off the relatives you don’t like.

Link to the website.

No doubt there are British or European equivalents, but this actually is presented fairly sensibly. It’s an example of how memorialisation is really important to many people. For social workers, it might be a useful way of getting people into a bit of advance planning for an important aspect of bereavement care

Written by Malcolm Payne

23 January 2013 at 11:41 am

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