Over the years I have visited hundreds of pioneer cemeteries in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Each one has its own allure but, in a general way, I find them all quiet and comforting places . . . places to celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us.
I also enjoy seeing the vast array of headstone designs that have been raised in remembrance of a loved one and seldom do I see an exact duplicate design within the same cemetery. Everything from a homemade wooden cross to a hand-painted field stone, from a tiny marble headstone to an elaborate laser-etched granite marker . . . I like them all.
Only occasionally do I see a headstone bearing a ceramic photograph, that is, until I visited Saints Peter & Paul Romanian Orthodox Cemetery near Flintoft, Saskatchewan. There were a few dozen of these fuzzy, ghost-like images mounted on as many uniquely fashioned grave markers throughout the cemetery. The photos add another dimension to the headstones giving each one a personal touch. I like to see them as "photos of ghosts."
These are people like everyone has known.
- Michael Truman