Friday, April 15, 2016

M is for Mausoleum

My theme for this year's A- Z Blogfest is DEATH (who I hope is like DEATH in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series): "...tall, thin (skeletal, as a matter of fact), and ALWAYS SPEAKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Generally shows up when you're dead, or just when he thinks you ought to be." Today we have M for Mausoleum.



A Mausoleum is a resting place for the dead, sometimes an entire family. The one above is one I marked for my current WIP, a Supernatural Murder Mystery. One of my characters spends time in that place. I wonder what it looked like when it was first built. I imagine that the person or persons who owned it must've all died out, hence its sad state of neglect.

Would you want to be interred in a mausoleum? I'm going to pass. It seems like wasted space - unless of course I come back as a ghost, in which case it might make for a cool home base...


 Excerpt from Grim Reaper, by Terry Pratchett, in which DEATH is let go...

DEATH: I'VE NEVER BEEN VERY SURE ABOUT WHAT IS RIGHT. I AM NOT SURE THERE IS SUCH A THING AS RIGHT. OR WRONG. JUST PLACES TO STAND.

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  1. It does seem like a waste of space.

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  2. I would not want to be interred in a mausoleum. Just cremate me and scatter my ashes in Acadia National Park.

    Great quote by Death!

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  3. I always wanted to see the original Mausoleum, from he seven wonders of the ancient world... But yeah, as an archaeologist, I don't know how I feel about them. They disappear too quickly...

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  4. I've always had a problem with the way we humans handle death - this holding on and setting up spaces dedicated to keeping the dead in our lives... I prefer to honor the time together, and then release. Hurts, yes - loss always does - but life is to be lived in the present and the future, I think. Let the dead rest in the past, without fanfare.

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  5. I think cremation and poof, gone works for me. But I will say the old mausoleums in New Orleans are quite spooky and cool.

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  6. Good point, if I'm gonna be a ghost, I want my own cool little house.

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  7. During my childhood one of my father's many side jobs included caring for the local cemetery. My favorite thing was dusting and sweeping the nice, cool, quiet mausoleum while my brothers noisily mowed grass in the sweltering summer heat. That's an awesome photo. I hope you publish your WIP. I'm intrigued already.
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  8. You cracked me up with the ghost's home base idea! I can't see being put in a mausoleum. All the movies I watch have people breaking into mausoleums to have sex or steal things, and they always end up dead. No way for the "owners" to RIP.

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  9. Not for me. Or (fortunately) my family.

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  10. Looks like a great place to get rid of the body I've been dragging through the woods.

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  11. It does seem like a waste of good space.

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  12. Death is very grounded and philosophical. Who would've thunk it???

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  13. That's a great image and setting for your story. I think for some, burial places are what they prefer, and I did enjoy the variety of architecture in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris - beautiful mausoleums, sculptures, carving and stained glass as well as places to sit and ponder. We left just before dusk, just in case. . .

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  14. My grandparents are in a mausoleum, but an indoor one that houses probably a hundred caskets or more. So strange. They're like ten feet up in a wall. I really don't get it.

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  15. No family mausoleums in my line. It seems a little much for me. I'll go with the cremation and scatter the ashes.

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  16. I think I said before I want to be cremated. No mausoleum for me.

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