I think I actually read about something similar on another blog, but I unfortunately cannot remember which one.
By the way, Bernice's epitaph -- "And we wept that one so lovely Should have a life so brief." -- is a quote by William Cullen Bryant. It is from the poem "The Death of the Flowers." The last stanza:
The fair meek blossom that grew up and faded by my side.
In the cold moist earth we laid her, when the forests cast the leaf,
And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief:
Yet not unmeet it was that one, like that young friend of ours,
So gentle and so beautiful, should perish with the flowers.