I know this is a strange topic...but when i found this photo, I found it something that I thought i would bring up.
I buy out old estates of people's personal things, so every now and then I run into these photos. The ones of the children..to me ..are so sad..this one, although sad, is a bit different.
At first, when I was scanning this, I didn't realize it was Post -Mortem, I just thought it was an old woman that might have been blind. That was until I saw her hands. And I remembered being at funerals and seeing hands like this. So I was immediately taken back, until I looked at the items all around her. The hymnal in her hand (there is no piano there, why is this a Hymnal?) The china, all different kinds, and stereoscope near her..even the peaceful way she was sitting..this was a loved woman..a woman who was loved by those around her..who cared enough to surround her with the things she loved.
It was a few weeks ago, I ran across the show Chasing Mummies, that is the History channel show all about a famed Archeologist that is finding mummies.. And what happened on the episode i saw, was that the mummy was surrounded by the pets, pottery, utensils..all things that the former person loved and would use in the after life.
I suppose we all grieve in different ways...
The most important thing is how we lived...and for this photo..what I read into it..is this was a woman that was loved..
meaning she learned enough in life to have others love her.
In the song "Nature Boy" that was sung by Nat King Cole refers to this:
Take a listen: These are the Lyrics:
There was a boy A very strange enchanted boy They say he wandered very far, very far Over land and sea A little shy And sad of eye But very wise Was he
And then one day A magic day he passed my way And while we spoke of many things, fools and kings This he said to me
"The greatest thing You'll ever learn Is just to love And be loved In return"