Morton Feldman's Grave
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|Morton Feldman died on 3 September 1987, and was buried aongside his parents in Beth Moses Jewish Cemetery, in West Babylon, Long Island, about 30 miles east of New York City. Both his parents had died just a few years earlier; his monther, Frances, in April 1984, and his father, Irving, in June 1985. Morton was 61 when he died. His mother and father were 86 and 91 respectively.
In December 2016, Zahra Partovi visited Beth Moses Cemetery in search of Morton Feldman's grave. Some of the photos she took during her visit are shown here (click any photo for larger image). She has also written the following account of her visit.
Paying Respect to Morton Feldman in his Resting Place
This was a very special journey for me. I called the cemetery the week before I went and spoke with a very sweet woman. She was so moved by my emotions about visiting the gravesite that she said she would pick me up from the station. I waited several cloudy and rainy days for a day with clear skies. Then I took the train to Long Island's Pinelawn Station, but decided I would walk to the cemetery. After all I was on a pilgrimage and didn't want to be driven in a car. I brought a box of chocolates for the cemetery official, and with two stones in my pocket, I began looking for Morton Feldman. It was a cold, but beautiful day...
In the Jewish tradition, I laid stones on Feldman's grave - one for me and one for Chris Villars who helped by identifying the cemetery for me. The photo with my hand on the gravestone in prayer is because in the Persian tradition, depending on the level of intimacy with the deceased person, we put from one to five fingers on the stone. When I began to offer a prayer, without even questioning, I naturally put all five fingers on the stone - and it felt right.