Angels Watch Over Us In Death

Grave Concerns

NICOLA CARPENTER is a taphophile – that’s a person who is interested in cemeteries. Today she will begin a regular column for The Spooky Isles about all things cemetery and teach us there is more to memorials to the dead than lumping a bit of stone on top of a buried body.

Angel at Highgate Cemetery

Chances are you cannot pass an old cemetery or churchyard without seeing and angel or two.

Cemetery angels have always captivated me since early childhood, there’s something haunting about their silent beauty that calls to me.  In fact it was an angel monument that started me down the road to Taphophilia.

Author: The Spooky Isles

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  1. Nicola, I am so thrilled to make your (albeit) on-line acquaintance. What a fascinating article [bookmarked! ;] I never knew before there was a term for individuals drawn to cemeteries, but I photograph cemeteries on all of my travels and feature cemetery angels in my book trailers. Sign me 'a devoted follower of your column' ~Emily Hill~.

  2. Hi Emily. Thank you so much for your kind comments. I only discovered I was a Taphophile when I got online and discovered, to my joy, that there were others like me that loved cemeteries.

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