The Victorians used symbolism to discuss death. From heavenly hands reaching down to earth to wilted flowers, the use of words was rarely utilized to discuss the tragedy of death. Sometimes seen prior to 1900, there was a slight change in the 1900s where the manner of death was permanently shared as part of an epitaph. While not a frequent find, I admit these epitaphs always leaving me wanting to know more.
Located in the Gibson City Cemetery in Glascock County, one of my favorite markers in Georgia. The Walker marker is a standout, especially for a rural cemetery. According to his death certificate, Edward died of the flu. It is listed as part of the Smithsonian’s Save Our Sculptures database.