Thursday, April 14, 2011
Well, today I remembered to lie down on the ground to measure the amount of space. Traditionally, the casket containing the remains of the person is supposed to be placed behind the inscribed headstone and the back of the inscribed footstone. People visiting the grave are supposed to be able to look at the information on the headstone and then walk around the body's placement to look at the footstone.
I am five feet tall. I am guessing that this footstone at one time was further away than it is now since I can't recline easily between the stones. In many graveyards, footstones are moved for the purposes of grass mowing.
Revolutionary War Cemetery in Sudbury, MA