Photographer's Note

This title may come as a surprise, but I am actually quite serious. I believe in God and I follow some traditions, but most importantly I am a very practical person and I don’t want to cause any trouble. First of all, I do not see much point in occupying an extra space on the Earth after I die. I think the most practical would be to cremate my body and spread my ashes in a random place. If someone wants to bother to organize a ceremony, the fanciest version could be done on a little boat so that the ashes spread over the sea are distributed all over the world, or simply on a beach or riverside. But I am fine with a forest or any random place. I believe in God, so a short prayer would be nice. But I can understand if people are too busy. Why to spread the ashes? I have frequently moved in my life and I think my daughter may want to do that as well. I don’t want someone to be obligated to undertake a travel to be able to visit my tomb. Having said that, I don’t mind if you do anything else whatever suits you best, I am just saying that I really like minimalist version.

This photo presents a cemetery chapel in the Old Cemetery in my home town Tarnow.

The Radzikowski Chapel of St. Joseph in the Old Cemetery is one of the oldest cemetery chapels in Poland. The exact date of the chapel's construction is unknown. It is known, however, that it was built by Ignacy Radzikowski, the commissar of the Tarnów county in the service of Hieronim Sanguszko, as a tomb chapel for his family. Radzikowski started its construction after the death of his wife Józefa Burska, who died prematurely during childbirth, in 1805, at the age of 24.

The Old Cemetery in Tarnów was established at the end of the 1880s in the suburbs of Zabłocie. The exact date of establishing the cemetery is still unknown. It is assumed that the first burial took place in 1788. The oldest preserved tombstone is the grave of Anna Maria Radziwiłł née Lubomirska, wife of Prince Karol Radziwiłł, who died in 1795. The Tarnów cemetery is one of the types of extra-urban cemeteries that began to be established in Europe in the 2nd half of 18th century. It was established in accordance with the Josephine Edict of 1784 prohibiting burials in church cemeteries located within the city limits. The Tarnów cemetery is one of the oldest in Poland, as well as one of the most interesting and valuable cemeteries in Małopolska. It is several years older than the Rakowicki Cemetery in Kraków (1803) and the Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw (1792), equal to the age of Łyczakowski Cemetery in Lviv (1786).

The info about the chapel and the cemetery comes from the following website (in Polish):

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