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August 2, 2016

Touching Image of the Graves of a Catholic Woman and Her Protestant Husband, Separated by a Wall in Roermond, Netherlands, 1888

The graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together. On the Protestant part of this cemetery J.W.C van Gorcum, colonel of the Dutch Cavalry and militia commissioner in Limburg is buried. His wife, lady J.C.P.H van Aefferden is buried in the Catholic part. They were married in 1842, the lady was 22 and the colonel 33, he was a protestant and didn’t belong to the nobility.

This caused quite a commotion in Roermond. After being married for 38 years the colonel died in 1880 and was buried on the protestant part of the cemetery against the wall. His wife died in 1888 and had decided not to be buried in the family tomb but on the other side of the wall, the closest she could get to her husband. Two clasped hands connect the graves across the wall.


  1. If they had no religion there would be no wall. What does that tell us?

    1. how delusional bro. As if men would make walls driven by religion only. I have seen plenty of walls made by politics and even by atheist governments - remember the Berlin Wall? And what about the big beautiful wall?

    2. Mark Kuramoto-HeadeyJanuary 8, 2021 at 7:49 PM

      Of course, but it would be one fewer excuse available to the small minded.




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