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Prick Stone – A Cartoon

There's one in every cemetery.

I was at a funeral a few months ago, which led to a visit to a cemetery. (Cartoon after jump.) As the coffin was lowered into the ground, I looked around at the neighborhood that this newly deceased body was about to enter, and I was struck by how ridiculously large some of the headstones were – a few of them cast shadows over entire rows of smaller grave markers. This cartoon image explains rather crudely how I feel about those who pollute the skylines of our nation’s cemeteries.


I must sound completely without compassion for those that recently joined the ranks of the dead, but I am not. I grieved like everyone else in attendance. I could not, however, fail to be disturbed by the towering walls of granite and marble that jutted up from the ground every ten to twenty feet. What nerve.

It’s bad enough that we clog up perfectly good land even after we’re dead, but I find these monuments to one’s self obscene. Your loved ones will visit based on the merits of the life lived by the person now six feet under, not by the size and expense of the headstone. These giant, modern day obelisks seem to scream out “I’m over here!” Why don’t these people arrange to have their Lamborghinis and Maseratis, or other trappings of wealth and power parked above their coffins as well?

This is just a wild guess, but I think it’s our society’s fascination with death and power that causes some people to choose such ostentatious headstones to mark their graves. When we are young, we are told to plan and save for retirement. When we’re fishing and golfing in gated retirement communities, we’re told to prepare for death, which is now fast approaching. All along the way, from cradle to grave, we collect a lot of crap we don’t need and display it as a banner of our success and relevance.

All of this rambling is just that. I don’t know exactly why people arrange for such ridiculous headstones to mark where their body is decomposing. All I know is that I’m going to be cremated, my ashes placed in a stylish, yet moderately priced urn, which will feature my smiling mug to freak out my loved ones. Then again, maybe I’ll pass on putting my face on the urn.

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10 comments for “Prick Stone – A Cartoon”

  1. Why the Hapricksons should have paid extra for the horizontal model.

    Posted by Qwerty | January 21, 2009, 3:21 pm
  2. Here lies the beloved Richard Prick.

    Posted by Mark Cherry | January 22, 2009, 11:26 am
  3. An unchecked ego is a grave mistake.

    Posted by Bob Eichelberg | January 22, 2009, 8:58 pm
  4. NEVER bounce a check to the Undertaker.

    Posted by Bob Eichelberg | January 23, 2009, 1:38 am
  5. I have no headstone picked out for myself, do you really have one for yourself? Maybe those buried have been much loved and those who loved them really went overboard in their time of greif. Or maybe in life they were ill treated by those they shared their time here with and it is somewhat a compensation for love not shared.

    Posted by Justa Thought | January 24, 2009, 11:09 am
  6. At least the birds have a bigger target to aim for!!!

    Posted by Robert | January 24, 2009, 10:48 pm
  7. “usually an ex-president is buried in a classier place but he got voted off the graveyard….”

    Posted by michelle passerallo | January 26, 2009, 11:04 am
  8. “I tried for Ex-Husband but this was all that would fit!”

    Posted by Ben W | January 26, 2009, 3:14 pm
  9. This is in response to Justa Thought. You brought up a good point. Many people have their funeral arrangements taken care of by family members and are not responsible for the placement of giant headstones on their graves. I was aiming at those who prepare for their death well ahead of time, and spend a ton of dough on giant stone memorials to mark their spots in the earth. I have heard of dreadful stories about arrogant souls who have engaged in this type of behavior.

    Posted by SplendidMarbles | January 27, 2009, 5:04 pm
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