When religion cannot keep them apart…..

The graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, who were not allowed to be buried together.

On the Protestant part of this cemetery J.W.C van Gorcum, colonel of the Dutch Cavalry and militia commissioner in Limburg is buried.

His wife, lady J.C.P.H van Aefferden is buried in the Catholic part. They were married in 1842, he was a protestant and didn’t belong to the nobility.

This caused quite a commotion in Roermond.

After being married for 38 years the colonel died in 1880 and was buried on the protestant part of the cemetery against the wall.

His wife died in 1888 and had decided not to be buried in the family tomb but on the other side of the wall, the closest she could get to her husband.

Two clasped hands connect the graves across the wall.

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