5. The Last Goodbye

Photo courtesy of The Green-Wood Historic Fund 

One of the most romantic tombstones at Green-Wood depicts a husband’s last goodbye to his wife. Charles Griffith bid his wife Jane adieu on the morning of August 3rd, 1857, and set off for work. It was the last time he would ever see Jane, as she died, from a heart attack at just 40. Charles was the one to discover her body upon his return to the house.

The tombstone, designed by Patrizio Piatti, depicts Charles’s farewell to Jane that fateful day, with their pet dog standing on the steps. One of Green-Wood’s most beloved monuments, legend has it that Charles would make frequent visits to his dear, departed Jane until he was buried alongside her twenty-five years after her death.

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