Found at a beach graveyard, this tombstone is going with the flow of the area. Mark the Welder lived a happy fifty-six years, welding and using illicit substances and maybe even riding the waves if the wording on the headstone is any indication.
Just because you’ve passed on doesn’t mean you have to be all mopey. Go on, have a laugh, relax a little bit. Chew the fat with Mark the Welder. How good of a welder do you have to be to have it printed on your tombstone? This guy is an ever-unfolding mystery.
The Standard Order
It seems that even those no longer with us get hungry for some tasty food every once in a while. And not in a scary zombie way, either. The headstone up close shows us a couple with the last name "Burger." Look closely at the headstone on the right, and you'll find that the family has the name "Fries."
We'd love to say this was planned, but even if the people picking their plots noticed, they might not have cared much. Burial plots are pricey. The headstone on the left probably doesn't say “Coke,” though we really wish it did.
This Guy Was a Dad
Not only was he a father, but he was a medical personnel of some kind as well – the Caduceus, the rod with two snakes, is a dead giveaway. If the epitaph is any indication, it seems he was also a fan of shutting up and letting others think you're stupid, rather than opening your mouth and removing all doubt.
Whether he asked for this to be added to his final resting place, or his family decided it was the best memorial, it must have been best to talk smart around this doc.
It's sad – sobering, really – to think about, but eventually, you will be forgotten. Friends will pass, family members will fade. Your great-great-great-great grandchildren will know you existed, but they'll know nothing about you. This headstone looks like it's trying to jump-start the process by including no information. Of course, there is another explanation for this.
The name "Forget" (pronounced For-jet) is common in Quebec (where this cemetery is found), and the person likely hasn't passed away yet. Thus, no information is inscribed on the headstone just yet. Or maybe someone just failed to get it done.
Something to Stand Out
We're trying to figure out why this person had his tombstone look like a couple of papers and a paperclip, but we can't come up with a good reason. Maybe he just really liked paperclips. If you're wondering, the Dutch sentence at the bottom says, “The happiness only lasted for a while,” likely meaning his time with his loved ones.
As far as we can tell, there's no reason for Gert de Kooter to demand a headstone like this one other than to have something a little different in the graveyard. You do you, Gert.