A Photographic Study of All Things West Virginia


This heart-wrenchingly beautiful, handmade memorial was constructed for a child whose life was cut short in 1982 prior to his first birthday.  Although time has not been kind to it in a physical sense over the past 29 years, I could still feel the love of the family and the intensity of the loss so very clearly.

I had mixed feelings about photographing this memorial and posting it on this blog, and it is certainly not my intention to be exploitative in any way.  But sometimes an emotionally charged setting can reaffirm truths that are easily forgotten. 

As I stood there looking at this scene it made me realize as if for the first time how precious life is, and how thankful we should all be each and every day to have the opportunity to spend time with the ones we love. 


Clover Road, Roane County, WV


6 responses

  1. elmediat

    Lovely shot. So many unanswered questions – an illustration to an untold tale.

    September 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

  2. Excellent photo… the soft tones, composition, and description are exquisite. Actually for 29 years this memorial has endured, as has the family’s sorrow, I imagine. Very sad.

    September 11, 2011 at 2:19 am

    • Thanks for the comments HoaiPhai. I wondered if the family was still around the area, even though it seems like it shouldn’t be 1982 was a long time ago.

      September 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm

  3. oh, this is an interresting photo. lots of details!

    September 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    • Thanks very much for the comments Jani, it was such a sad scene.

      September 11, 2011 at 9:30 pm

  4. jennygoth

    very sad pic as are all young childrens graves xxjen

    September 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm

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