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2 years 7 months ago in Community

Hello all.. I just joined the site and it is amazing. I wanted to share my experience and photos of visiting Jim's grave...

I was 15 years old and the year was 1994. My father was working on Muppet Christmas Carol in London and flew my mother, my sister, and I over for a family vacation. We spent one week in England, one in France and one in Germany. We did a lot of tourist-y things and what not, but of course, I was most excited about visiting Jim's grave at Pere Lachaise. It was somewhat of an eerie day. I remember walking through the cemetery, looking at the mausoleums and gravestones, and reading messages from previous visitors that said things like "Jim is this way" with a huge arrow pointing in the direction of his gravesite. I remember walking over to his gravesite and there were just a few other people besides my family there. It was serenely quiet except for my mother who was off to the side talking to a gentleman who had drawn a picture of Jim and left it in front of his gravestone. Doors' songs were playing through my head. Mainly End of the Night. I was mystified by it all and felt that there was this power over me telling me not to speak, but to just stand there and watch over his grave. So I did. I remember later getting angry at my mother for talking as if she had shouted in a library. It was a sacred place to me and I am sure to many others. It still is.


2 years 6 months ago

@Scream of the Butterfly thank you! How amazing! I hope to go back one day and appreciate it as an adult as well :) Did you take pictures? I would love to see them!

2 years 7 months ago

Welcome kellebelle! I visited the grave myself for the first time less than 2 months ago. What an amazingly experience. It was a cold and rainy Paris day. Just like it should have been I guess.

2 years 7 months ago

Absolutely :) Some of the other pictures were lost (me standing next to Jims grave) while moving and what not but my father has the negatives and is going to have them printed again. I will post more pictures when that is done ;) It definitely was life changing to say the least.

2 years 7 months ago

I hope i get to visit his grave site one day, i know it will be a deep soul stiring emotional experience for me. I'm glad you got to go, great pictures..thanks for sharing.

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