Dear departed

Photo essay: Shiraz

by Nersi Ramazan-nia
Shiraz, late November 2007: Every time I'm in Shiraz I visit the "Daarol-Rahmeh" where a cousin of my mother, who helped raise me, is buried. Poetry accompanies almost all the departed. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the hourly drama that unfolds, trying to take pictures in such a way that the poems could be read later, I started wondering where and how these selections had been made. I found a place where they make customized tombstones, along with a catalog of popular poems to select for the departed.


May all rest in Peace

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O my God! O Thou forgiver of sins, bestower of gifts, dispeller of afflictions!

Verily, I beseech thee to forgive the sins of such as have abandoned the physical garment and have ascended to the spiritual world.

O my Lord! Purify them from trespasses, dispel their sorrows, and change their darkness into light. Cause them to enter the garden of happiness, cleanse them with the most pure water, and grant them to behold Thy splendors on the loftiest mount.

Saeed Kafili

Poetry on tomb

by Saeed Kafili on

I wonder if you can find poetry on tomb in any other country. Does anyone know?