Beautiful Graves in the Netherlands

I came across an image of the most lovely graves today.

Graves of JWC van Gorcum and JCPH van Aefferden

I’ll let Unusual Places explain.

Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together. On the Protestant part of this cemetery J.W.C van Gorcum, colonel of the Dutch Cavalry and militia commissioner in Limburg is buried. His wife, lady J.C.P.H van Aefferden is buried in the Catholic part. They were married in 1842,the lady was 22 and the colonel 33, he was a protestant and didn’t belong to the nobility.

This caused quite a commotion in Roermond. After being married for 38 years the colonel died in 1880 and was buried on the protestant part of the cemetery against the wall. His wife died in 1888 and had decided not to be buried in the family tomb but on the other side of the wall, the closest she could get to her husband. Two clasped hands connect the graves across the wall.

Location: Het Oude Kerkhof, Roermond, the Netherlands

I just find it romantic.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to embrace your lover throughout eternity like this?  It’s such a shame that they were unable to share a cemetery, but now their love has inspired many others and knowledge of it has survived far longer than it otherwise would have, so perhaps it’s for the best.

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