Stones of Respect


Have you ever been in a cemetery and noticed stones or pebbles set on top of headstones? Yeah me too.

Headstones of Mr. and Mrs. Fritts  at Grand Canyon Pioneer Cemetery May 2018

I always assumed they were small tokens left behind by loved ones, but after some research, there is more to it. On closer look, most of the stones you see in cemeteries are placed upon Jewish headstones.

Headstone of David James Lee Sharp from Grand Canyon Pioneer Cemetery May 2018
Headstone of George W Cravey at Grand Canyon Pioneer Cemetery May 2018

The Jewish religion uses pebbles or stones as they say prayers at the gravesite and leave them on the headstone as they depart. Traditionally, the stones are placed on the grave using their left hand. Pebble in Hebrew is tz’ror which means “bond”.

Headstone of Dorothy Wakefield Murray at Camano Lutheran Cemetery October 2017

This is a form of respect and is symbolic of the deceased being commemorated and still in the thoughts and memories of the living. A forever bond between the living and the deceased. 

Fun Fact: Jewish tradition forbids placing flowers on a grave because it imitates non-Jewish (gentile) practices.

Post by: M

Camano Lutheran Cemetery – October 2017

2018 Camano Lutheran Cemetery
2018 Camano Lutheran Cemetery

Waited all summer to get outside in this area up North with Ms. M! We camped at a deluxe cabin on the Puget Sound water front. No joke, haha!

The shuttle van driver thought we were the next guest speaker because this cabin had a dedicated bathroom with shower separate from the sleeping quarters yet, still attached to the cabin. We hiked, skipped rocks on the water annnnnd … Still made sure to visit a local cemetery on our homeward bound trek.

My favorite part? My favorite part was learning that cattails are eatable, at least some parts, getting a cabin right behind the gift shop, seeing the boathouse where they have historic and group activity events, oh!!! And the cafĂ© – it’s so granola.

2018 Camano Lutheran Cemetery
2018 Camano Lutheran Cemetery

Some of the staff are retired soccer mom’s and some are 20s aged with dreadlocks. All of them were talking about soil related topics. Yes, I was dropping as I waited for Ms. M to arrive for breakfast. The smells I liked most were the wet tree moss, the salty beach front air, musty cabin and cafe fresh-herb aroma.

At the cemetery my impression was more of a floating quandary of questions. Wondering about the cemetery sextants and what their experiences on-site had been. I imagined the burials and ceremonies that had taken place since before I was even a thought in anyone’s mind. It was, as it is with these thoughts, awe inspiring and joy provoking.

2018 Camano Lutheran Cemetery
2018 Camano Lutheran Cemetery

At the cemetery my impression was more of a floating quandary of questions. Wondering about the cemetery sextants and what their experiences on-site had been.

I imagined the burials and ceremonies that had taken place since before I was even a thought in anyone’s mind. It was, as it is with these thoughts, awe inspiring and joy provoking.

Post by: HollyBerry