Worth a thousand words

From a friend’s FB page:

The night before the burial of her husband 2nd Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps, killed in Iraq, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of “Cat”, and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept.

” I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it” she said.

” I think that’s what he would have wanted”.

It’s part of a series of photographs that won the Pulitzer Prize a few years ago.  See the rest.

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7 responses to “Worth a thousand words”

  1. I wonder if she knows that she can be reunited with her husband for all eternity in heaven, and If she knows how to get there? May God bless her…

  2. I don’t disagree that the photos are very moving (certainly moved me to tears). I just don’t understand why anyone would take them, or even more so, as in the wife’s case, agree to them? I’m a professional photographer and I have never been able nor had the desire, to photograph anyone in grief. Maybe it’s just me, just a place I would never consider going, too personal, exploitive, or something.

  3. These photos were taken as part of a special series in the Rocky Mountain News called “Final Salute”. Both the writing (Jim Sheeler) and the photos (Todd Heisler)won Pulitzers.

    Both the writer and the photographer were VERY respectful of the families involved and I know for a fact that they are now like family to many if not all of the families that were a part of this story. These families wanted the world to hear the story of their loved one and their hero to be never be forgotten!!!!

    The casualty assistance calls officer who notified Katherine, founded an organization called Remembering the Brave http://www.rememberingthebrave.org If you go on to this website you will also hear a song written with these photos as an inspiration.

  4. Klaire, perhaps we need more pictures like this so that we might recognize the pain and hurt that warfare causes, the families that are torn apart, the children left orphaned or with single parents.

    Here in the United States we seem to be good at hiding the problems behind nice words as you should know from working with the pro-life movement.


    Mike L

  5. Antonius – The fact that there is a crucifix also standing watch over the casket makes me think that this young widow knows that she can and will be reunited with her husband.
    She is living a very real part of her Calvary right now.
    May her faith and hope see her through to the other side of the cross.

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