The Haserot Angel
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 real....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
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 such 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.
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.