Imagine you're cut off in a far-off land. What longings would be uppermost in your mind? Here we celebrate those aspects of life that make our islands distinct and beguiling.
Graveyards across the world look very different, each society and culture shaping these settlements of the dead according to their own sensibilities and beliefs. The serene and melancholy beauty so distinctive of the British country churchyard, with its yew trees and tombstones, has long been celebrated. To rest in such tranquil beauty makes even the prospect of death seem a degree less terrible.
‘The grave itself is but a covered bridge, Leading from light to light, through a brief darkness!’
(The Golden Legend, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)