People grief over their sufferings and loss of loved ones in different ways. Some people mourn their graves for days, some lock their selves in a room and cry their eyes out, some people cut their selves from the whole world and don’t talk to anyone while some people are smart enough not to do these things and symbolize their grief in any shape that will serve as lasting reminder for their loved ones. An excellent example of this is “Taj Mehal” which was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife.
People die and sufferings are ended one day, but the symbol will be there. These symbols are the way of involving other people in your grief. As it is said, “If you share your pain, it will lessen.” People will feel the sadness and feelings behind the symbol and share your grief. Sometimes they can also relate their grief to the symbol.
This was started by the Greeks. They built symbolic sculptures and one of the types was sculpture of grief. Stones are sculpted into the shape of humans mostly including children and women and angels including cherubs. Draped columns are also used to show grief. These sculptures symbolize grief in their own unique way. Sculptures were also carved for mourning the soldiers martyred in war. The shapes of the monuments of grief are:
Children and women are focused in these sculptures because they are very emotional and soft-hearted creatures. As compared to men they can freely show their emotions. Women are shown in different poses like standing, sitting or kneeling and showing grief. An example of this grieving statue is “The Adams Memorial” carved for Henry Adam’s wife’s grave in Italy.
No one mourns more for anything than for a child’s death. In some cases child’s sculpture is placed on his own grave to show him mourning his loss of life.
Stone is sculpted in the shape of an angel who is seemed to cry or mourn. These angels are called “weeping” or “mourning” angels. An example of this monument is the statue sculpted by William Wetmore for his wife. This statue is known as “The Angel of Grief” and is located in Rock Creek cemetery in Washington DC.
Another sculpture is Cherub which is a winged child who may be pudgy or a toddler. These Cherubs are placed on a child’s grave.