election2008-john-edwards-elizabeth-edwardsI’m no fan of the late Elizabeth Edwards, cuckolded wife of John Kerry’s and the Democrats’ vice-presidential candidate John Edwards. But even she deserves better.

Alone among the U.S. media, it was a supermarket tabloid, The National Enquirer, that doggedly pursued John Edwards’ adultery and “love child” (with Rielle Hunter) story. For that, the Enquirer was nominated for a Pulitzer award.

Now, the Enquirer reports that 19 months after her death at age 61 from breast cancer, John Edwards still has not placed a proper headstone on Elizabeth’s grave, with the grave marked “with only a 5-by-7 card that could hardly be seen,” according to “an angry family insider.”

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So Elizabeth’s siblings are stepping forward. They have com­missioned a proper headstone by the same sculptor, Robert Mihaly, who’d fashioned a large marble angel for the Edwards’ son Wade, who was killed in a 1996 car crash at age 16.

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In the meantime, Elizabeth’s siblings have placed a temporary foot­stone on her grave at the Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, N.C., with lyrics from a Leonard Cohen song which Elizabeth had painted on her kitchen wall shortly before she died: “Ring the bells that still can ring/Forget your perfect offering/There is a crack in everything/That’s how the light gets in.”

Said the family insider: “Now Edwards is treating his wife in death the same way he treated her in life – shame­fully.”

That’s one (very minor) reason why I want to be cremated and my ashes scattered to the wind, instead of buried.

When my life on Earth is fini, what endures is my soul that hopefully will be rejoined with my Creator.

That is all that matters.

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~Eowyn

Dr. Eowyn is the Editor of Fellowship of the Minds and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.