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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:



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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