“Your own, personal, Jesus
someone to hear your prayers,
someone who cares”
Detail of one of many roadside memorials marking the place a loved one has died. (Tucson, AZ).
This one consisted of a white painted brick enclosure with various keepsakes and religious statues.
There is so much sadness embodied in these little shrines. I can’t help but see them as representing peoples’ inability to deal with loss.
I wrote my thesis on funerary design – the materials, objects and ceremonies surrounding the funeral industry in western society. Perhaps the most telling design is the modern coffin, made from luxurious hardwoods and lined with pillowy satin. These designs are environmentally wasteful and reinforce denial in the grieving; that comfort is something the deceased can really feel and appreciate.
I lost my father recently. This didn’t change my opinion in the least.