Once when I came to the Church for my cousin’s funeral I took some photographs. When I saw my relatives crying, I could not hold back my tears. All my memories of him came to my mind. I was very emotional and could not take photographs properly.
Death affects everybody. As funeral rites are performed it is a time of great sorrow for relatives and the bereaved. It shows on their faces. At this crucial moment they cannot control their emotions.
The Bible says, “The souls of the just are in God’s hands” (Wisdom 3:1). No man in the world is physically immortal. Everybody will die. The eternal truth is that man must die if he is born. For this reason, man wants to keep himself pure beyond sufferings, discrimination, violence, and despair.
The graveyard is a boundary. According to religious and social norms, three and half feet of deep ground is the permanent home of the dead. Within these boundaries, all are equal, no matter rich or poor. When we throw soil onto the dead, we realize that this will happen to us all.
The graveyard is a solitary and sacred place. At times of mourning for those who we have lost forever, it is the place we go to seek consolation.
Chandan Robert Rebeiro is a freelance photographer with a special interest in documentary photography, moments, children portraits, and the environment.
A graduate of Pathshala: South Asian Media Academy & Institute of Photography, Chandan’s work has been published locally and internationally. He is also a contributing writer at different national daily newspapers and weekly magazines. His major works are “Urban Children: Life in Isolation”, “Childhood Memories”, “The Boatmen of Buriganga River”, “Climate Refugees in Dhal Char”, “My Religious Faith”, and “Emotions in Christian Graveyard: Rest in Peace”. Some of his work is featured at MajorityWorld.Com
He has participated in several group exhibitions. “Rest in Peace” was Chandan’s first solo exhibition at Tejgaon Holy Rosary Church held last November-09 and second solo exhibition on the occasion of European Day-10 at Basundhara Convention Centre on 9th of May 2010.