Sadly I could see no name or date on this rather colourful Giraffe headstone in the Zorgvlied cemetery in Amsterdam. So I'm just assuming that it belongs to a child, or at least someone who was young at heart.
It's so uplifting to see a monument that celebrates an aspect of a loved ones 'life' and even those symbols of eternal 'reunion' can offer a sense of hope to those who are left behind.
So this unusual marker above - whoever is belongs to - gets the thumbs up from me.
The loss of a child is so tragic and difficult to comprehend, because it goes against our instinctive belief in the natural order of things.
Surely those symbols that focus on our loss and grief, are all the more sorrowful and poignant when displayed by such heart-breaking effigies, such as angels weeping and slumped grieving figures, that they add all the more to that sense of despair.
What do you think ?