Silicon Valley Cemetery and Genealogy - Silicon Valley Historical Association

Seashell wind chimes at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park, California

This photo was taken in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park, California. The sea shell wind chimes were hanging in a tree near an area of family graves.

About the history of wind chimes in cemeteries: Wind chimes are often placed in trees near cemetery graves to attract peaceful spirits while protecting against evil forces. This idea originated in the second century CE, when wind bells were often suspended around Asian temples.

The shell symbolizes a journey to the heavenly realm.

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