The following tombstone is from Ireland, 1781
Ah cruel Death! why so unkind
To take her, and leave me behind?
Better to have taken both or neither,
It would have been more kind to the Survivor.
Another grieving spouse in Connecticut
“I gave this ground,
I’m laid here first;
Soon my remains
Will turn to dust.
My wife and progeny around,
Come sleep with me
In this cold ground.”