Noteworthy Sculptures at Rock Creek Cemetery


Rock Creek Cemetery’s park-like setting is graced with beautiful sculptures, mausoleums, monuments, and markers, many of which are the works of famous artisans and landscape architects.

Among the most visited is the evocative, cloaked bronze sculpture crafted by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Stanford White for Marian Hooper, “Clover” Adams and her husband, Henry Adams. Although the sculpture is known colloquially as Grief, its true name is The Mystery of the Hereafter and the Peace of God that Passeth Understanding.

Also of note are the Hitt, Hardon, Kauffman, Keep and Thompon-Harding monuments, and the Heurich and Sherwood mausoleums.


  • Gutzon Borglum, Rabboni-Ffoulke Memorial, 1909
  • James Earle Fraser, Frederick Keep Monument, 1920
  • Lauran Gardin Fraser, Hitt Memorial, 1931
  • William Ordway Partridge, Kauffman Memorial 1897 (also known as Seven Ages and Memory)
  • Brenda Putnam, Simon Memorial, 1917
  • Vinnie ReamEdwin B. Hay Monument, 1906
  • Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Adams Memorial, 1890
  • Mary Washburn, Waite Memorial, 1908
  • Adolph Alexander Weinman, Spencer Memorial, 1919

All-Day Smithsonian Workshop on Religious Views of Death

Death and Beyond: Comparative Reflections on World Religious Traditions

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

Saturday, November 9, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Issues of death, dying, and the meaning of life—and the afterlife—hold key places in the belief systems of the major religious traditions of the world. Graham M. Schweig, a professor of philosophy and religion at Christopher Newport University, surveys differing visions of these themes from a variety of Eastern and Western cultural perspectives. Stories, teachings, and rituals from the major faiths, as well as contemporary interpretations, are examined to illuminate the ultimate life event: death.

9:30–10:45 a.m. Overview: Comparative Religions and Life After Death

What is religion? And what is the role of death, dying, and the afterlife in world religions?  Explore these topics as well as conceptions of the soul and the human struggle for purpose and meaning among the three major global religious systems.

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Semitic Traditions

Visions of death and the afterlife from the ancient Middle Eastern traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: key figures and tenets.

12:15–1:30 p.m.  Lunch (participants provide their own).

1:30–2:45 p.m. East Asian Traditions

Conceptions of death and the afterlife in Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, and Buddhism.

3–4:15 p.m. South Asian Traditions and Modern Reflections

Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism are examined, as well as contemporary interpretations of themes on death, dying, and the afterlife.

To purchase tickets online, click on the following link:


Judy Chicago–The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction

There is a new Judy Chicago exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  The Washington Post Weekend Section (10/11/19) says:

“The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction,” at the National Museum of Women in the arts, consists of nearly 40 works of painted porcelain and glass, plus two large sculptures.  It’s divided into three sequential sections: “Stages of Dying,” “Mortality,” and “Extinction.”  Chicago’s new series is “luminous,” according to exhibition curator Virginia Treanor.  “I think it’s going to be a really contemplative experience,” she said.  People will be moved by it, for sure.

The exhibit lasts through January 10th.  To learn more about the exhibit, click on the following link:


Beacon Newspapers 50+ Expo Sunday Oct. 6th, 2019

Beacon 50+Expo, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019


For the 20th year in a row, the Beacon Newspapers will present its FREE 50+Expo as a community service on Sunday, Oct. 6, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Silver Spring Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring, Md.

There you’ll find more than 75 government agencies, nonprofits and local businesses offering useful information about aging in place, retirement communities, home remodeling, financial planning, healthcare, travel, fitness, senior services and more.

Keynote speaker Dr. Matthew Mintz, a board-certified internist and Washingtonian Top Doc, will speak about “Medical cannabis and CBD oil: What you need to know.”

There will also be free health screenings (balance, bone density, blood pressure and glaucoma), vaccines for flu, pneumonia, tetanus and shingles (Shingrix), giveaways, door prizes and entertainment.

For more information, call the Beacon at (301) 949-9766 or visit

Caregivers’ Toolkit Workshop Gaithersburg

FREE Seasons of Caring Workshop

Caregivers’ Toolkit: Community Resources for

Patients and Families Facing Serious Illness

Date/Time: Friday, March 22, 2019, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: CaringMatters, 518 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Montgomery County is rich with community resources that can make a huge impact in the life of caregivers and their loved ones dealing with serious illness. Join us for this FREE workshop as we shine the spotlight on these diverse and useful services and supports that can make a positive difference for individuals and families working through the challenges of illness and caregiving.

Topics will include: 

  • Stress Reduction
  • County Resources for Caregivers
  • Tools to Navigate Local Supports
  • How Caregivers Can Maintain a Healthy Mind and Body
  • Planning Ahead as a Caregiver

Speakers include:
Lylie Fisher
Facilitator, Caregiver Support Program, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

Penny Gladhill
Director of Volunteer Helping Hands, CaringMatters

Sheila Griffith
Program Manager, Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter

Montgomery County Respite Resource Fair for Caregivers March 23 2019 Gaithersburg

Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:00 am — 2:00 pm
The Activity Center at Bohrer Park, Summit Hill Farm, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg

Are you caring for a frail senior citizen or a loved one with disabilities? Learn how you can get help! Free admission; open to the public

Julia Abate
301.984.5777 x1206

Free One-Hour Body Wisdom Class at Seekers Church

Sunday, November 18, 2018
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Experiential class using a variety of exercises such as stretching, intestinal stimulation and deep breathing, all designed to improve circulation and abdominal health and increase overall vitality. Join Rebecca Wheaton, longtime Body and Brain yoga teacher and Brain Education trainer, for this special session that will help give you new, accessible and creative tools to improve the overall condition of your body. This class is geared towards those 50+ but is perfectly fine for anyone of any age. All are welcome.

Sponsored by the Seekers Church School for Christian Growth

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