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Visit a Cemetery Day: Oct. 29

Posted by lindamartinandersen on October 28, 2013


“Visit a Cemetery Day:  Oct. 29” by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

When was the last time you visited a cemetery?  Was it to visit a loved one’s grave, to take a tour, to tell ghost stories, to enter on a dare, to disprove a superstition or myth, to clean up the area, or other reasons?

More about cemeteries…

Tours of cemeteries: 

Historical cemeteries are often included with tourist sites.  Here are a few.

Arlington National Cemetery:         http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/arlington_national_cemetary/index.3.html

Some tours are arranged especially for Halloween: 

Example:  Hallows Eve Cemetery Walk–The city historian will lead a one-hour walking tour through the city cemetery.   Proceeds to go to historic revitalization.

Historical Congressional Cemetery in Washington DC:  Guided tour:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/26/congressional-cemetery-ghosts-goblets/2994609/

Myths about cemeteries: 

There is a myth about New Orleans about burials above ground.  Learn more here:  http://www.tour-new-orleans.com/cemetery-tours.html

“Saved by the bell” and other stories about being buried alive:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safety_coffin

Epitaphs:

I hope you enjoy reading these:  http://www.svmemorials.com/?page_id=73  Do you have favorites of your own?

Vandalism in Cemeteries: 

http://www.cemeterydepot.com/Cemetery-Vandalism-information.php  What can be done?  Where I live, a tall fence was placed around the historic section of the city cemetery.  Some cities are adding cameras and other security.  Funds were raised to repair some of the vandalism in our area. 

Cleaning up Cemeteries:

Volunteers help:  http://www.moultonadvertiser.com/news/state/article_4d16ea80-4b54-5e1a-a3dd-9d7143fcf7ea.html

How to organize a cleanup:  http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/heritage_bulletins/hb_13_cleanup.pdf

There are many books that mention cemeteries. 

Here are two suggestions for you.  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/Books/The+Graveyard+Book/ 

and 43 Old Cemetery Road series.  Dying to Meet You is the first in this series by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise.  What are some of your favorites? 

What are your thoughts about honoring the dead?  How have you shown them respect? 

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Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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9 Responses to “Visit a Cemetery Day: Oct. 29”

  1. In San Giaccamo, a small Italian town, there were cemeteries that I haven’t seen anywhere else. The graves were in fact little ‘houses’ where a loved one could sit and commune with the dear departed. Some were elaborate with chairs, many vases full of flowers, a little lace-covered table with prayer books and memorabilia. I think they cost a fair amount, but there were many such ‘houses,’ and many people visited them each day.

  2. joyacey said

    Linda, A part of Dia De Los Muertos, is a visit to a cemetery to leave food offerings for the departed. It is how many Latin cultures celebrate All Hallows’ eve.

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  3. Hi Joy,
    Food offerings left for the departed. Thanks for sharing this Latin tradition. Another great story. I appreciate you telling us about this.

  4. Dear Linda,
    Mother and I went to visit a very old cemetery in Grottoes, Va. The names that once were etched have grown smooth with age and erosion. Many people adorn graves with pretty flowers and keep the cemeteries clean.
    Celebrate you and all you do to help us remember others who have gone before us into the hereafter.

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

    • Joan,
      I’m seen old faded inscriptions on gravestones like that too. I wonder how involved the process would be to restore the print. I’ve also visited graves with flowers. I am glad you mentioned both of these things. Thanks to all my followers’ experiences and comments, this post is even more meaningful. Thank you! I appreciate your faithful following.

  5. Linda, you always come up with interesting posts.
    Hubby and I visited his grandparents grave this summer.
    I even took pictures. Personally, I like reading the gravestones.

    • Thanks for sharing about the trip you and your husband made to visit the graves of his grandparents. Photos will help you remember the experience. I enjoy reading the gravestones too. Some are the designs are pretty and the messages are often very interesting.

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks for saying so. And thanks for visiting and commenting.

  6. My pleasure. 🙂 And yes, the designs and messages are VERY interesting. 🙂

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