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the soil. He did not tell anyone and just paved over her grave site. Her ashes are still there today. The people who bought the house do not know -- well I guess they will now.
I told Dad I wanted to dig up her ashes and just take the ashes and the soil around them to the old Episcopal Cemetery where my infant sister was buried, but Dad asked me not to do it. Mom, a former Marine, was so proud of that house. She died at South Amboy Hospital of lung
cancer in the mid 1980s. I still wish I could dig up the site and retrieve some of the soil and rebury it out of respect for Mom. Mom always joked that
she would come back to haunt us.|
Submitted by Nova
Categories: grave, eyes, hospital, railroad, road
When I went to visit my little sister Rhonda's grave, I talked with the caretaker there. He explained that when my little sister died at fifty-two hours old, she was buried without any ceremony or anything which was the custom at the time. Christ Episcopal Church owns the cemetery and donated Rhonda's grave site in their special section of the cemetery dedicated to little ones like Rhonda. The section is adjacent to a big hollowed out dirt mound with a door in it. The caretaker explained that before heavy machinery, bodies were stored in the mound during the winter because it was impossible to dig the grave in the rock-solid frozen ground. The bodies were buried when the spring thawed the ground. The caretaker said the mound was used to store tools now. My parents always refused to tell us anything about Rhonda's burial.
At the time Rhonda died, that was the custom according to the caretaker. The caretaker who helped me look through the records to find my sister's grave had been the caretaker since the early 1960s when Rhonda died. He knew right where her grave was even though only the remnants of a tiny metal marker with just a few legible letters remained. He said he was there when she was buried. I had to nag my Dad unmercifully to get him to tell me where she was buried. My mom's family custom (they live way out west) is to have bodies cremated and not to tell anyone where the ashes are. They did not want the living to spend the money to cross the country to attend funerals or leave flowers at the grave. If you go to this cemetery, be sure to say a special prayer for all the tiny souls of the babies buried near the dirt mound with my sister. If I remember correctly, the Episcopal Church (and possibly the cemetery off Pine) pre-dates the American Revolution. The baby cemetery is indeed a very lovely and peaceful place.
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