I took a drive today, visited 6 cemeteries, and took about 570 pictures. Whew! It was great fun, and the fall foliage was beautiful. So stay tuned to this blog and the main Southern Graves site. I'll be presenting information and gravestones from Reynolds, Talbotton, and Waverly Hall. All of these fine places are in the state of Georgia, by the way. See you soon and often, I hope!
Why do people put rocks on grave stones? Some time ago, I learned that the rocks signified a visitor. That is true enough, but I decided to learn a little more about the custom and share my findings with you. Putting rocks on tombstones is most often described as a Jewish custom. There are many "Ask a Rabbi" columns out there, but I did not find one that knew for sure where the custom originated. They all agreed, however, that a rock symbolized a visitor and when put on a tombstone said, "I remember you." I also read that some people pick up a rock wherever they are when they think of a person that has passed. Then, the next time they visit the grave, they place the rock to say, "I wish you were here." Rabbi Shraga Simmons offers a deeper meaning: "We are taught that it is an act of ultimate kindness and respect to bury someone and place a marker at the site. After a person is buried, of course, we can no longer participate in burying them. H