Sunday 29 November, 2020

Afterlife in style: Grave house near completed at Annotto Bay Cemetery

Mervin Davis stands in front of the near-completed grave house at the Annotto Bay Cemetery in St Mary. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

Mervin Davis stands in front of the near-completed grave house at the Annotto Bay Cemetery in St Mary. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

The extent to which some Jamaicans will go for their departed loved ones is on display at the Annotto Bay Cemetery in St Mary.

In a cemetery known for its extravagant tombs, an expansive grave shelter under construction stands out. Inside, there is a concrete-made 'settee' and 'cabinets' with adequate space for several people to move about freely.

Loop News caught up with Mervin Davis, the man responsible for building the 'grave house', during a recent visit to the cemetery. He explained to our news team that relatives of the deceased, a woman, were not pleased about litter being constantly strewn about on the grave, and so requested a structure to prevent that from happening.

“Suh mi seh, 'Alright, you want mi fi build something weh yuh can come inside and sit down,” Davis said.

Davis earns a living from building grave shelters, which he insisted are reasonably priced. 

He and his team were in the process of completing their latest project when our news team visited the site, with painters putting the finishing touches to artwork as well as scripture texts and words from the family to the deceased.

Annotto Bay Cemetery is known to feature elaborately-designed graves. Some of the designs include castles, aeroplanes, trucks, and ships.

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