Our first event at Bellefontaine Cemetery

We are so honored and excited to be holding our first ever event at the amazing Bellefontaine Cemetery. 

The Mourning Society of St Louis presents: Consolations of Memory: Death and Mourning in the Nineteenth Century At Bellefontaine Cemetery Saturday October 3, 2015

You can register for this event on the Bellefontaine Cemetery website here.  

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Consolations of Memory is a self-guided cemetery walk of the area surrounding Hotchkiss Chapel as well as the Chapel itself.  Along the way guests will learn not only about mourning customs of the 19th century but also illness, medical treatments, funerary and burial practices, cemetery iconography and more. This is a free event but registration is required. Tours begin at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.

Special Exhibits for 2015 include:

The Funeral Service: Guests are invited to experience a 19th Century funeral service in the Chapel followed by a procession down the old carriage path where Mr. Avery will conduct the Burial Service. Services will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Memento Mori: Learn about Victorian mementos and sentimental items, how they served as part of the grieving process and stood as a reminder of one’s own mortality. This exhibit features a private collection of hair-work wreaths and jewelry, post-mortem photographs and many more unique items.