This is a Cemetery…

by MSO
A beautiful cemetery in summer where people are visiting their loved ones

A cemetery is a place where memories of loved ones are made tangible.

A quick search reveals that many cemeteries around the world have used this poem on websites and immortalized the words on plaques on their grounds. This poem, in a few short lines, manages to convey all the reasons why cemeteries are so important, especially for the living. Unfortunately, credit is not often given to its author, Mary Lou Brannon.

Vince and Mary Lou Brannon purchased the Brannon Monument Company in Dubuque, Iowa in 1961, it had been in existence since 1926. The company creates monuments, etchings, mausoleums, vases, statuary and almost any memorial products you would expect to find in a cemetery. The company is still family owned as Vince, who passed away in 2004, and Mary Lou’s son Michael purchased the business in 1993.  For almost 90 years the company has been dedicated to commemorating the lives of people with monuments that will last forever.

The family’s motto “Monuments are designed because someone lived… Not because someone died.” echos the words of the poem that Mary Lou Brannon decided to write which offers her perspective on what a cemetery really is and why they are so important to us today and for future generations.

This Is  Cemetery…

Lives are commemorated – deaths are recorded – families are reunited – memories are made tangible – and love is undisguised.
This is a cemetery.

Communities accord respect, families bestow reverence, historians seek information and our heritage is thereby enriched.

Testimonies of devotion, pride and remembrance are carved in stone to pay warm tribute to accomplishments and to the life – not death – of a loved one. The cemetery is homeland for family memorials that are a sustaining source of comfort to the living.

A cemetery is a history of people – a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering – always.

copyright: Mary Lou Brannon - Certified Memorialist
Brannon Monument Co.

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Photo by Victor Iglesias

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