A Beautiful Love Story

These are the graves of a husband and wife.  Jonkvrouwe J.C.P.H. van Aefferden was of Dutch nobility and Roman Catholic.  When she was 21 years old, she fell in love with a man eleven years older than her.  Colonel J.W.C. van Gorcum, was not of noble upbringing and was Protestant.  

To make things worse: the colonel worked for the army of The Netherlands that had in 1839 repossessed the province of Limburg. Needless to say: their love and marriage (in 1842) caused a bit of an uproar. In spite of all this, their marriage lasted for 40 years, ending in the death of Colonel Van Gorcum.

Since he was Protestant, he had to be buried in the Protestant part of the city cemetary. When his wife died 8 years later, upon her request she was not buried in her family grave, but out of line next to the wall dividing the Catholic and Protestant parts of the cemetary.  From her grave rose a hand, reaching the hand of Colonel Van Gorcum.”

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