For nearly six months I have been waiting to write this blog post. I am excited to announce that my first book / e-book will be shipping soon. This project has been a labor of love (and frustration) at times. The book is…
Cradle to the Grave: A Photographic Tour through the Stephenson County, Illinois Cemeteries.
Join me on a journey as we walk among the headstones.
Cradle to the Grave Book Idea
In June of 2012, my dad and I went to visit his old college roommate who recently lost his wife to cancer. While in town, we visited her grave and the graves of many others.
Stephenson County, Illinois is home to some of the oldest graves in the nation. Many of these graves mark the resting places for the men who served during the Civil War. Alongside them…lie their wives and children, and in some cases, the children precede them in death.
I encountered old graves and new graves. Graves covered by the elements and graves where the dirt was still fresh. I visited graves that bordered highways and dirt roads. In most of the cemeteries I visited, my uncle (my dad's old roommate) knew some of its inhabitants including his relatives.
Cemeteries often get a bad rap. Yes…they represent finality, loss and pain….but there is also beauty among the headstones. Family members work hard to keep the memory of their loved one alive. Some people talk to the headstones. Some do a quick hello and drive away. Some linger and enjoy the stillness. And some…never visit again.
While in Stephenson County, I visited five cemeteries and one modern war memorial hosted by a local church. Each cemetery or memorial tells a story. Each page has been hand-crafted to capture the moment of being in this place.
In the book, I share:
- How I came to love cemeteries and why I find them so fascinating.
- My reflections on grave momentos that help the family remember and deal with their loved ones passing.
- A pictorial of fascinating grave markers.
I hope these words and pictures help re-define your view of cemeteries and the beauty they possess.
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I do not have an official release date for the book; however, I expect it to be near the end of this month. The book will be initially released as a downloadable PDF so you can enjoy it on your computer or e-Reader (including the Apple iPad/iPhone).
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I am very excited about how this project has come together and I can't wait to get it into your hands!
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