Makeshift Memorials

Ghost bike, Queens NY

The practice of marking a spot where a tragedy occurred with impromptu altars is observed in various cultures, countries, and religions as a part of mourning rituals. These solemn memorial sites have different names, such as Wayside Shrines, Roadside Memorials, Descansos, Kandylakia, and more.

Across diverse communities, these memorials stand as testaments to the enduring power of remembrance, fostering a collective sense of compassion, unity, and empathy. By preserving the memory of those who have departed, they offer solace to grieving hearts and inspire reflection on the preciousness of life.

Greek Kandylakia, Crete Creece