Goodnight Florence

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This unique grave that can be found in Natchez City Cemetery in Mississippi  belongs to a 10-year-old girl named Florence Irene Ford who passed away from yellow fever back in 1871. When the little girl died, her mother named Ellen had a small window installed at the head of her daughter’s casket, and a narrow stairway built six feet down to the level of the window.

Why would she do that?

Florence was terrified of storms, so her Mother wanted to make sure she was able to comfort her daughter-even in death.

I can appreciate what Ellen ford was doing for her daughter, I even understand it. But the image of a woman walking down to comfort her daughter in her grave- not above it, not beside it but in it ( so to speak ) during a thunderstorm is an image that will probably haunt me for a long time.

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

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