In Death, Still Holding Hands

ImageSource of Photos: http://www.brentjes.com/van%20meurs.htm

In the past, the people of the Netherlands were very aware of differences in religion and class. In a cemetery in Roermont is a cemetery that is divided into sections. The biggest section is for Catholics, but two smaller sections are for Protestants and for Jews. Those sections are walled off from the Catholic section. A monument exists that connects the Catholic and the Protestant sections. One part of the monument stands in the Catholic part of the cemetery, and the other part of the monument stands in the Protestant part of the cemetery. A wall is between the two parts of the monument. Spanning the top of the wall is a statue of two arms — one arm of a husband and one arm of a wife — whose hands clasp the other hand. The website “Varik and Church Records of the 17th Century” tells the story of the monument: “Here is an interesting story. It really happened in the southern part of the Netherlands where most people are Catholic. The place is Roermont. It has a cemetery with a very large burial site for the Catholics and a small area for Protestants. However the Protestants are separated with a tall brick wall. Jewish people have their own place towards the back, also with a tall brick wall. In 1842 a twenty-two year old Catholic woman of nobility (J.W.C. van Gorkum) married a colonel in the Dutch Cavalry. He was not of nobility and was Protestant as well. That must have been the scandal of the century in Roermont. However, the marriage had lasted almost forty years, when the colonel died. Eight years later the woman [passed] away also. She had refused to be laid to rest in the family’s large tomb and, instead, had ordered the monument that you can still see today. She lies on one side of the wall, he on the other, still holding hands.”

For Further Information: Miss Cellania, “Reaching Across from the Grave.” Neatorama. 29 April 2013

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/04/29/Reaching-Across-from-the-Grave/

For Further Information: “Varik and Church Records of the 17th Century.” Accessed 30 April 2013

http://www.brentjes.com/van%20meurs.htm

For Further Information: “Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together.” Reddit. 27 April 2013

http://tinyurl.com/cdtjhvm

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One Response to In Death, Still Holding Hands

  1. Sheila says:

    THIS IS THE REAL MVP

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