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Pennies at the cemetery

Postby twolfgram » Tue Nov 25, 2003 12:18 am

by twolfgram (388 Posts), Tue Nov 25, 2003 12:18 am

I'm not sure if this is the right area to post, but I have a question. We were at the cemetery on Saturday visiting Erik's grave and noticed pennies on a lot of the other babies' graves. I've never seen this before and was wondering if anyone know the significance. We put some on Erik's marker, so he wouldn't feel left out![;)]

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Re : Pennies at the cemetery

Postby akemt » Tue Nov 25, 2003 02:01 pm

by akemt (4961 Posts), Tue Nov 25, 2003 02:01 pm

I've never heard of that??? Sounds like the ending to some cute story that would get forwarded around the internet. Let us know if you find out!

ps. I asked someone and they say they think it is a jewish tradition???

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Re : Pennies at the cemetery

Postby angelkat » Tue Nov 25, 2003 04:05 pm

by angelkat (3423 Posts), Tue Nov 25, 2003 04:05 pm

I have seen this also but never gave it much thought as it was on older gravestones..... If you learn the meaning please pass it along I would love to know what it means...

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Re : Pennies at the cemetery

Postby laura » Tue Nov 25, 2003 05:28 pm

by laura (5139 Posts), Tue Nov 25, 2003 05:28 pm

"Money left at graveside goes back to the coins left with the dead in ancient Greece to pay Charon, ferryman over the River Styx -- the price of transport to the Underworld. And then there's the Jewish tradition of putting a small rock on the gravestone to mark one's visit. Leaving a small remembrance is common in many cultures. "

I had read a story in one of those "chicken soup for the soul" books that mentioned something like that.... I did a search and found this mention.

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Re : Pennies at the cemetery

Postby twolfgram » Wed Nov 26, 2003 05:00 am

by twolfgram (388 Posts), Wed Nov 26, 2003 05:00 am

I was talking to a friend at work, and she said something about when you find a penny, it means someone in heaven is thinking of you. I've heard that too, now that she brought it up, so I was wondering if it was that, or a pennies from heaven thing. Either way I thought it was a cute thing. I would say 80% of the graves in the baby section had pennies on them. I didn't look at the other part of the cemetery.

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