The Powerful Story Of 4 Friends Who Chose To Share A Tombstone So They Could Spend Eternity Together
Four friends Pauline Chorna, Annie Hrynchak, Nellie Handiak, and Anna Baran decided that they wanted to be together even after they took their last breath.
The result? A fascinating tombstone at Prospect Cemetery in Toronto. The headstone contained the names of all four women, their respective years of birth and death, and the words "FRIENDS" in bold letters at the top.
People who passed by were very curious about the friendship these women must have shared to prompt them to be buried shoulder to shoulder, sharing one headstone.
William Baran, Anna's 86-year-old son, told TheStar that he was not exactly sure how his mother met the three women. However, he confirmed that they were good friends. He described them as a fun-loving group who would fill the place with laughter whenever they were together.
Jeannie Lindo, Nellie's daughter, told the publication that she was quite surprised when her mother informed of the plan to share a tombstone with her friends. It was in the late '60s when Jeannie got the call.
She said, ‘You don’t have to worry about paying for my funeral,’” she recalls. “She told me they went to Prospect Cemetery, her, Annie, Anna Baran, and Pauline, and they bought a cemetery plot. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding. What about the headstone? And she goes, ‘Oh, we got that too. We’re gonna be ‘friends.’
When Jeannie asked her mother why, Anna replied with one word: cards. Apparently, apart from dancing and laughing, the women's favorite activity was playing cards together.
Jeannie said they loved playing cards so much that they decided they would be buried together and continue playing in the afterlife.
Though surprised, Jeannie found her mother's plans to be hilarious. Even though their plans seemed quite radical for the time, nobody in the family was upset by it. William explained;
They went through a hard time in life and they relied on one another to help each other, to make life more livable. And they decided to maintain that relationship through death.
Before the women's final burial, Jeannie managed to fulfill one of her mother's final wishes. She slipped a deck of cards into her casket as a way to ensure all four friends got to really enjoy their favorite past times.
These women's story was so powerful that many people took to social media to share how great they thought it was.
It's hard enough to see a friendship last forever. So the fact that Pauline, Annie, Nellie, and Anna wanted theirs to continue even in the afterlife, is pretty amazing.