The linked headstones of two lovers who refused to let go, even in Death

Until 40 years ago, Catholic and protestant establishments in the Netherlands were separate from one another as a result of Pillarisation, a widespread politico-denominational segregation. Churches, supermarkets, and other public places were segregated by religious and political beliefs. 

All of this sets the scene to the story of Protestant Colonel J.C.P.H of Aeffderson and Catholic noblewoman J.W.C Van Gorkum. Their marriage would’ve caused a storm of scandal back in the 19th century. Not only was it religiously mixed, but they were from two very different social classes. However, despite all of the taboo in 19th century society, the couple’s marriage lasted for 40 years, only ending with the colonel’s death.

Eight years later, when his wife passed away, her wishes dictated that she wanted to be buried next to her husband. Pillarisation was still in effect at the time, and according to the law, this was impossible. However, with a little creative stonework, both Husband and wife were linked eternally together in a different way.

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sixpenceee, your post on Colma reminded me of Forest Park, Illinois. It’s known as a “village of cemeteries” with it’s dead person to living person ratio being around 30:1. It’s also home to Showman’s Rest, a section of Woodlawn Cemetery where employees of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus were buried after a freak train accident in 1918.