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A Solon Cemetery

View of the Saint Mary’s Catholic Church cemetery in Solon, Iowa on July 30, 2022.
Photograph of the now razed Saint Mary’s Catholic Church on Aug. 1, 2013. The cemetery was located around the church. Photo Credit – Wikimedia Commons.
The cemetery has a look of not being maintained. The closer the view, the more markers are found damaged and askew.

There are cemeteries like this across Iowa and the United States. I like the look of sunken and leaning monuments, and broken grave markers reflecting the passage of time. How is perpetual care done in places like these? Beyond mowing the lawn, not much is done except by family and volunteers. If I had family buried here, I’d maintain our burial site. What would happen after I’m gone? This cemetery is not featured on the current church website. I wouldn’t call it neglected, yet it is not a main part of the community.

Except for the image of the church, photography is by the author.