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Thoughts in Burtonwood Churchyard
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I love churchyards and I find a certain peace within their grounds. Some of the brief stories on headstones make very sad reading though and there can be a strange mix of neatly-manicured cared-for plots next to headstones that have fallen, been forgotten and even overgrown. I was in a local cemetery in Burtonwood, Cheshire a few years ago (which is beautifully kept by the way) and I began to think a little bit too deeply about what would become of me when I die. After a little bit of thought I realised I was getting upset for myself, worrying about me....
We are all afraid when we are reminded of our own mortality I suppose and for a moment or two I did look at the headstones and think, "Is this it then.. is this all we have when we die?".... and then from nowhere in particular my blind faith returned and I was Okay again.
I plan to be cremated anyway so what am I making all the fuss about?

by Stephen Hirons

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