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The Haserot Angel

Updated on October 15, 2015

The Mysterious Crying Angel

Why would an angel cry?

The Haserot Angel, who guards the grave of Frances Haserot in Lake View Cemetery near Cleveland Ohio, has permanent tears. Haunting, yet beautiful, the Angel mourns and holds his quiet keep, revering the dead for 80 plus years now. Thousands visit the cemetery to see this famous monument. His expression: solemn, steadfast, honorable.... never changes, though covered perhaps in snow or fallen leaves, his tears continue to fall.

There are no words to describe the feeling that came over me the first time I viewed him. I wanted to comfort him. I wanted to embrace him. He seemed so emotional.

There are many images on the web of him. Very few are available for use. I share here as many as I can, and point you to even more. I suppose it has something to do with oxidation or some other patina issue - that there is a scientific explanation for his tears, but it still seems eerie. Although the real emotion I feel looking at him is not eerie so much as it is "human". Like this angel can have feelings the same as us, then perhaps God does too. It makes me sad, but comforted too in a way.

The sculptured bronze angel is quite large, and I imagine standing in front of him, this angel that has conqured death, yet now weeps. His hollow eyes becon. Are you there? He whispers. "Do you hear my cry? "

"Why do you weep, Angel? "

Is it possible to comfort an angel? If so, that is my wish.

I hope your introduction to this mysterious angel is as powerful as mine!

Angel of Death Victorious

The sculpture is named "Angel of Death Victorious". He sits at the grave with an overturned Torch....Wings spread....Guardian of the Dead
The sculpture is named "Angel of Death Victorious". He sits at the grave with an overturned Torch....Wings spread....Guardian of the Dead

Is it Haunted?

Some say the cemetery is haunted. There are many famous people buried there, and with fame sometimes comes difficulty in passing through, or so I'm told. So there is that possibility. I would have to say, at least for the Haserot Angel, the place is haunt-ing, if not haunt-ed, but without a doubt: The statues are phenomenal!

Lakeview Cemetery's Famous Residents

President James A. Garfield rests here.... as well as John Rockefeller and Elliot Ness - they get so much attention, the Haserot Angel often goes unnoticed. The "Angel of Death Victorious" is like a hidden gem amongst diamonds. There was an ordinary life, with an extraordinary protector. If only we could all be so lucky as to be forever looked after by sucn a special work.

The More Prominent Graves at Lakeview

How I Discovered Him - In Second Life at an Art Show

My friend in Second Life, Bittermuppet, took the photo that absolutely took my breath away. There were several photos of him on display, and they were all good, but it was a close up of the angel's face, the first one I saw, that made me stop and catch my breath.

This is the original blog post about it.

Haserot Angel

One other tearful Angel

At the grave of the same Family?

By a different artist, in a different time, nearly 50 years before the famous Haserot Angel, in the same cemetery.....

Another Haserot headstone depicts a different angel. The only other crying angel I have ever seen.

Is it a coincidence? I really wonder.

What Haunts or Inspires You? - Tell your Angel stories!

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      Well right now I am finding the haunting stories in your lenses are inspiring me. Your amazing stories really grab the reader and compels us to share these experiences with you. Outstanding!

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've never heard of this one, but what a cool story! Would love to see him for myself someday.

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      LadyEnglish 4 years ago

      There are so many tales of weeping statues! I've added this to my article about Angels.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      Interesting. Are there any non-supernatural explanations for the tears?

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Interesting to learn the theory that angels are ETs.

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      I love angels

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Loved your storry of the angel. I have always loved angel statutary. I'd love to visit this cemetary to see him in person.

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      What an interesting story, it is amazing how much I learn from people in different parts of the country, new things every day. This is a beautiful monument. Thank you for sharing it. *blessed*

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh my, I feel so blessed by this story. I love the pictures of the angel statue, its awesome. Very cool! ~ Blessed!

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Very Interesting lens. I cannot say I have ever come across anything so unique. Thanks for inviting us into that very interesting cemetery scene.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Extremely haunting! Beautiful, but a little eerie...

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      This is unusual and makes me want to go to that cemetary.

      Maybe a pilgramage is in order!!

      Excellent work!! Bravo!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Beautiful! I had not ever heard this story. Blessed by a joyful SquidAngel

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      As a fellow angel lover, I adore this lens! 5*, fave, lensroll.