Thousands of Headstones are Sinking into the Ground

More and more cemeteries are going with flat-to-the ground headstones. They are more economical to create and it’s easier to maintain the landscaping around them.

But they sink into the soil beneath them.

And grass grows over them.

And the names are lost to us, sometimes forever.

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A sinking headstone in St. Adalbert’s Cemetery, Niles Illinois

Every fall when we visit the final resting place of my 2nd great-grandparents, we have to dig out their headstone.

This is their neighbor to the left after just one year:

Sinking headstone in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago Illinoi

Sinking headstone in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago Illinois

And their neighbor to the right? Completely underground:

Sunken headstone in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago Illinois

Sunken headstone in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago Illinois

So sad; headstones – and the genealogical information they contain –  lost to future generations because time buried them underground.

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