Death & Dying
September 18, 2013
St. Adalbert’s Cemetery Project
This project was extremely interesting based on my career choice. I feel it was perfect timing to begin to gain a better understanding of what Funeral Service is all about. I chose to prepare my project at St. Adalbert’s Cemetery, which is located on the south side of Milwaukee. It was established in 1888, and was once known as Polish Union Cemetery. Many descendants of Polish ancestry are buried there including a few of my own relatives.
As I drove through the main gate at the cemetery, the first thing I noticed was how peaceful it seemed; almost calming. There were flower arrangements in the medians, which appeared to be meticulously taken care of. Scattered throughout, were trees and shrubs, but not too many that it was overbearing. I parked my car and decided to go for a walk throughout the cemetery and look around.
There are several sections to this cemetery, for example, a mausoleum, the office area, the children’s garden, an area that seemed to be from the 1800’s, and several newer sections. I decided first to focus my attention on the children’s area. Sad as it is, I felt comfort in seeing all of the trinkets and flowers that family members leave behind when they visit. While I was looking for which head stone to do the rubbing of I was also looking around at the scenery and getting a feel of the atmosphere. There were multiple emotions and thoughts running through my mind. The silence when walking put my mind at ease. I selected an infant’s grave marker with Cinderella as the image and a quote saying “Our Fairy Princess”. I noticed most of the children buried there passed away the day they were born. There were only a few that had dates up until about 6-7 years of age.
Once I had completed the rubbing, I headed to the office to get information on funeral services, burial prices, graves, head stones, crypts, etc. The man that I talked to, Bruce...