“A grave is not just one’s death. Death is not the only scary and forbidden topic. It reveals life, memories, meaning, inspiration and learning.”
On one Sunday I joined a tour to visit the Hong Kong Cemetery for the Military and Privileged Civilians. The cemetery was built initially mainly for the British army during the early British era in the 19th century. Until the mid 1900s, the cemetery continued to be the main cemetery for the deceased army until the establishment of a new cemetery in another Hong Kong area.
In the Chinese tradition death is rather a taboo, and people often avoid such issue or anything related. In the tour, I was told that the graves are not just for the related loved ones to visit; one may also find meaning from reading the lines on the stones.
I was intrigued to attend to the different stories and messages on the graves. There was one which caught my eyes – a soldier who left the world on Dec 26, 1941. His life ended at the moment of execution on the Boxing Day. Somehow this knowledge left me with the powerful feeling.
That was war.
That was life.
That was history.
A grave is not just one’s death. Death is not the only scary and forbidden topic. It reveals life, memories, meaning, inspiration and learning.
And it leads us to the past, the future, and now.
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