Divorced mom takes up tombstone cleaning as new hobby: ‘I needed a therapeutic outlet’

January 12, 2021

A Virginia woman is now taking on a unique hobby to heal from her divorce.

Alicia Williams found peace with herself while tidying up the tombstones of those resting, the New York Post reported.

However, with her new specialty, Williams has gone viral on TikTok.

“I was in the middle of an incredibly high-conflict divorce and had to adjust to sharing custody of my children from Virginia to Florida,” Williams said. “I needed a therapeutic outlet.”

While she struggled with divorce, the mother has received over 1.1 million subscribers on her official TikTok page. If you don’t have a TikTok, Williams posts her videos to her Instagram page.

In the videos, Williams scraps and scrubs different headstones as she shows users the journey on how to get them clean in Bedford, Virginia’s Longwood Cemetery.

Each video consists of a gravestone that typically belongs to a person who passed away in the 1900s. For some graves, they are as recent as the 1990s.

When Williams washes away the dirt on the tombstone, she also highlights the sounds she is making while wiping and brushing the grave.

“My first clean was my aunt Hattie, my great-grandmother’s sister,” Williams said. “She was buried alone. Her family rests elsewhere. I felt drawn to her because of that. She died so young.”

Williams also offers advice for family members trying to tidy up their gravesites.

As Williams recovers from her challenging divorce, she said cleaning burial plots has helped her heal.

“The whole process of the last three years has been a metaphor [of] my healing from my divorce,” Williams said.

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