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I Love Walking Through Graveyards and Reading the Headstones

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    Missouri-consort

    I had to go back to Missouri recently. So while I was there I found many of my families old cemeteries. I was walking and looking at the ancient headstones and taking pics of them, when I came across one I had never seen before. It said....Rebecca-Consort of James Hill. Born 1839...
    rowenbumble rowenbumble 56-60, F Jan 6, 2013

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    Glad I'm Not The Only One

    This is just a fraction of things I love about history. It's just fascinating to read headstones.
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 15, 2013

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    I Do Enjoy a Good Graveyard Stroll

    It's not something I do often. There aren't any really good cemetaries around where I live - even the church I attend has a memorial garden, which isn't quite the same. But when I have a chance, I especially love walking through the really old cemetaries, where the...
    ladybard ladybard 21-25, F 1 Response Jan 21, 2009

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    My Favorite Place To Photograph

    A side from nature in general, I have this urge to stop and photograph cemetaries when I see one. On my laptop (which is kaput right now), I have photos of cemetaries in every state I visited while I was traveling. If I saw a cemetary, I HAD to stop and take a wlak, take photos...
    FellidayaFiresong FellidayaFiresong 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 18, 2012

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    Inspiring

    Walking through a dark graveyard can be a source of infinite inspiration. One can take a small stroll, glance at the headstones ( in my own preference the oldest ones present) and begin a journey through a daydream of what their lives were, what the world was like, what could...
    SadisticYellowBird SadisticYellowBird 16-17, F Feb 27, 2012

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    Boo!

    Safest place at night! Go exploring the past by looking at the gravestones. Who died, and how many that year in the graveyard? Everybody is dead, and yet when you read out their names honey become immortal, because they have not been forgotten. Of course, nobody dies, their...
    aoutdouze aoutdouze 18-21, F Nov 14, 2013

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    History

    I would like to know if there is anyone else out there that has stood at the headstone of a far past relative, and thought...some of my ancestors stood in the exact, same place the day my relative was buried... I could be standing where my ggggrandmother stood or who ever...That...
    rowenbumble rowenbumble 56-60, F 3 Responses Mar 27, 2012

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    Capturing Moments, Saying Your Name

    I stroll amongst the hard granite stones. As I walk along, I whisper your names. George, Elmer, William, Thea, Esther. I wonder to myself how long it's been since someone visited your grave, or whispered your name. I stop and read about you. I look at your picture. You were a...
    hischelsea hischelsea 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 9, 2013

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    Aquia Church, Stafford, Va

    I love the pictures of me on an evening of bravery, standing between good old fashioned head stones at this supposed haunted location.  It is even listed in the Ghosts of Fredericksburg, VA book.  I decided to get cremated because I dont want a name plate put on the...
    krazeeKimberly krazeeKimberly 46-50, F Oct 3, 2010

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    Its A Good Lesson In Humanity

    we've done this a few time with my mum and with brigette (our little graveyard crawl) when we have had nothing better to do.... but my mum doing family history ... we went to have a look at a grave sight she was studying in the family... its incredible some of the things people...
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F Feb 7, 2011

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    Early Morning Walk

    This morning, I was looking for a new route to take for my daily exercise, so I took a scenic path through a wooded area along a stream and ended up not far from an old cemetery in town. I went in (Open from dawn to dusk) and climbed a steep hill all the way to the top.  It was...
    LoneBlogger LoneBlogger 51-55, M 2 Responses Nov 17, 2012

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    With All Due Respect Of Course...

    Mother would take us to the cemetery for an afternoon of sitting at the turtle pond for lunch, watching the boys skateboarding around the hilly small roads...it was so calming and restful(puns intended). It really is ironic how she now lays at rest in the cemetery we frequented...
    Delphinia65 Delphinia65 46-50, F 1 Response May 3, 2012

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    Dad!

    I remember one time I was having a bad day so my dad took me on a drive. He bought me a cheap cigar and told me stories about when he was a kid, and we just drove around in the country. It was nearing sundown when we saw this tiny country cemetery on the side of the road. We...
    kendaru kendaru 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 17, 2010

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    Knowing

    I love spending time in the cemetery and do it often. I have read many headstones and the ones that seem peculiar I have sought out The story behind their death by visiting our archive building. It's been very interesting.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 8, 2012

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    Among The Stones

    Growing up, I lived down the road from the main graveyard in our town. I used to pass this graveyard daily and sometimes I would break up the monotony of my nightly walk by strolling through the grounds. For some reason it was relaxing reading the stones and taking the time to...
    Djambo500 Djambo500 26-30, M Jul 5, 2012

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    Connections To The Past...

    Some people get creeped out by graveyards. But I like to read the headstones. Try to imagine the person there...what was there story? Who loved them? What did they accomplish in life? Did they leave a legacy, or have regrets? There is just a connection I feel with people who...
    lonelymom2 lonelymom2 46-50, F Nov 4, 2012

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    Me, Too.

    Duckgirl says she likes "to walk through a graveyard. Because it makes me feel connected to the past." Whadda ya know; I have something in common with Duckgirl!  (Hey there, Duckgirl!  No offense meant!) It is neat to see who our ancestors were, how names...
    EBunbury EBunbury 46-50, M 2 Responses Jul 29, 2008

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    Honor

    There is a cemetery close to my home. Very close. It is such a peaceful, quiet place (yah right of course it is haha)..... Something that strikes me and that I honor is that those headstones that back to my yard are of children. Those graves are 100+years old. The "view" if you...
    absofabo absofabo 41-45, F Jun 1, 2012

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    Fellowhood

    Walking through graveyards and reading the names of those fellow humans that have gone before reminds me of how silly and useless it is to fear death.
    isingforyou isingforyou 22-25, F 15 Responses Aug 13, 2008

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    Yes, Yes I Do

    There is a graveyard right by the high school I went to. It's where everyone went to smoke cigarettes and pot. My friends and I hung out there quite a bit during our release hour and when we had play practice after school. It's not that old of a graveyard, but...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 28, 2008

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    Spook Behind Headstone

    So I was at this memorial site of war heroes. I know I am psychic, and wondered if I would see something... While walking around on the battlefield I saw a wounded soldier lying on the battlefield with misery in his eyes, it was is if though he cried out to me, stretching his...
    indigowitch indigowitch 22-25, F Jun 9, 2012

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    Always...

    I have been interested/obsessed with cemeteries/graveyards for as long as I can remember. I used to go out to the local one all the time when I was little with my mom and grandma to "take care of the graves." Mom and I still go out before Holidays and put flowers or other...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F Apr 3, 2012

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    Creepy? Really?

    I've never found cemetaries creepy. My grandfather is a Baptist minister, andlived in the rectory next to the graveyard for years. It was where my brother and I played. We got chiggers from rolling in the grass.   And if I hadn't read headstones, I would never have...
    GodlessSexMachine GodlessSexMachine 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 23, 2008

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    City Of The Dead

    Last year I walked the streets of the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. It was the last week of October and the day was warm and partly cloudy. Just so peaceful. The tombs,graves,and memorials of so many that have gone on from the physical plane as we know it.I found myself...
    millabea millabea 51-55, F 1 Response May 10, 2012

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    Peace And Serenity

    I've always found cemeteries peaceful, not spooky at all. In Columbus, OH we have one that is a listed bird sanctuary; it's a great spot for bird watching. James Thurber is buried there. I guess back in the early 20th century it was common for people to take picnic launches...
    droppedstitches droppedstitches 36-40, F Jun 19, 2011

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    Graveyards

    I think that graveyards are one of the most calming and peaceful places on the earth.  There is something about them that I am just drawn to and always have been.  When I need to think or simply just want to sit around and enjoy the world I will go to a...
    LndsJmps LndsJmps 22-25 3 Responses Dec 12, 2008

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    Sweating the Small Stuff

    Sometimes     my    life   gets   so  hectic   with   work   school   or   family   I   can   become   overwhelmed   But...
    rockybear397 rockybear397 47, F 5 Responses Apr 26, 2008

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    Cemetry Gates

    some might say this is a morbid past time but I find it dead interesting.
    easyass88 easyass88 41-45, M Aug 1, 2013

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    Creeps Me Out

    Graveyards are beautiful in their own creepy way. The headstones are interesting and make you think. I sometimes think, wow this person's been dead for like...that's mean but I can't help it. Never been in a graveyard at night, I don't think  i can yet even during the day it...
    eptsocial eptsocial 36-40, M 3 Responses Feb 14, 2012

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    It Makes You Wonder

    I love walking through graveyards reading headstones.Sometimes makes you sad when you see the infant ones.But it can also marvel you when you find a particularly old one.But reading the names and dates and figuring out how old they are, there epitahs ,trying to figure out how...
    abbygabbygal abbygabbygal 41-45, F Jul 30, 2011

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    Hollywood Memorial Park (Santa Monica Blvd),

    City of Angels, CALIFORNIA 🇺🇸!! Where the rich & famous R.I.P.!!!
    pyeito pyeito 31-35, M Jan 7

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    shiningcosmos shiningcosmos 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 17

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    It Makes A Great Date.

    Me and my significant other do this sometimes. We make up stories for who the people might have been. We wonder about how they may have died, lived, who their relatives are. Packing a lunch and eating on a bench is great. Buying a few flowers and leaving them on/by graves that...
    SofiaGrowsFlowers SofiaGrowsFlowers 18-21, T 1 Response Nov 6, 2013

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    Family Outing

      My sister and I have ever since we were able to walk been fascinated with graveyards. They are not only peaceful and calming but a true trove of history, of what might have beens and working the mind out for no matter which one you visit, no matter how long you might...
    Dormantdrakon Dormantdrakon 22-25, F 6 Responses Nov 15, 2009

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    A Whole Life

    There's a scene in the movie Trapped in Paradise where Nicolas Cage points out the dates on a headstone. He points to it and remarks that the dash between the born - died dates represent a whole life lived. I think the line is "Your whole life is in that dash". I find...
    BozoBuckets BozoBuckets 51-55, M Dec 19, 2012

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    The Life Of A Stranger

    Sometimes I walk through graveyards. I read the headstones and think of what the life of that person was like. Sometimes I think of them as a movie. I play them out in my head they way I imagine they would be like. Who knows... maybe one of their lives were the basis for Romeo...
    FightingForRebellion FightingForRebellion 16-17, F Jun 28, 2012

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    I Find Them Fascinating!

    I also enjoy walking through cemeteries, reading the names and dates, and wondering what those peoples' lives were like. The saddest thing is seeing children's graves. Walking through cemeteries is a peaceful experience, and it makes me feel good to think I am acknowledging...
    juliamoolia juliamoolia 36-40, F Aug 16, 2012

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    Me Too :)

    Really thought I was one of the very few that truly enjoy this. I remember the first time I went to a graveyard. It was when I was around 11 and went with my Granny. I still remember the feeling I got when I read a headstone of a young girl who died the year I was born. It was a...
    NoPointinLying NoPointinLying 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 29, 2012

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    Relaxing and Interesting!

    Especially in New Zealand. There are some really small and beautiful graveyards. I find it very peaceful walking through and reading all the headstones - thinking that they are all people that others have loved and lost and how beautful it is to have a sacred place to remember...
    jasminjane jasminjane 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2008

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    Oh, It Is So Wonderful, the Peace

    I have done this for forever.  We used to live close to a graveyard.  I always remember the uiet and peace that was in the graveyards.  I was always fascinated by all the different sizes, shapes, and words on the headstones.  I think looking at the dates and...
    forceofnature forceofnature 51-55, F 4 Responses Aug 22, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    Walking early this morning on this cold spring day. Watching the girls play soccer on one field and on another field the boys playing lacrosse. I love spring. Just wish it would...
    Cev97 Cev97 56-60, M Mar 23

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    I love walking bare foot on the beach, where it is burning hot or freezing cold. The feel of the sand on your feet is just amazing ❤️
    KitKat292 KitKat292 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I love walking right before the sun goes down. Just when the sky allows the starts to be bright on our side of the earth. Just when the moon become the sun in the dark, that...
    zed2909 zed2909 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 2

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    Ok. It's very funny that this don't seem a really popular group! I love walking in the mountains. I live in Wales. It has loads of mountains. Yesterday I walked on the Mynydd Du...
    laurenhj laurenhj 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    You mean grass, right? No I mean glass. Have you ever seen broken glass walkers at street festivals? The trick is to walk on the larger pieces; the smaller shards go in between...
    geonet geonet 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 19

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    This is a nice time of year here in Louisiana. Great weather for walking, not too hot or too cold. All the trees and plants are starting to bloom. Makes my walks a lot prettier...
    marriedup marriedup 56-60, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I love to go on walks at night on my own. I never take a friend because it isn't the same. I just walk with my headphones in while cars drive past. My parents and grandparents...
    ImChelsea ImChelsea 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    "Summer Nights" Summer lovin', had me a blast Summer lovin', happened so fast Met a girl crazy for me Met a boy cute as can be Summer days drifting away To, uh oh, those summer...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 30

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    I love to walk long distances in the UK, especially in mountainous areas like the Lake District.
    Northerner242 Northerner242 22-25, M Apr 5

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    I love to walk my dog a long the dunes, where there is no-one else, it is just relaxing.
    KitKat292 KitKat292 13-15, F Apr 9

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    It's so much more relaxing than running I feel. It makes it a much nicer experience if you have good scenery to look at. One of the things I used to love about living in the...
    Ryanholmes20375 Ryanholmes20375 18-21, M Apr 10

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    Barefooting in mud is making dirty Divine love to the earth. It is hotly erotic!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 10

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    I was depressed all the time a mother of toe and one on the way I felt lost I had a home And husband a car a boat a family.. No reason I know now to be depressed I lost my 7 month...
    laceykight laceykight 26-30, F 5 days ago

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    I walk so much. I walk to pass the time, to help with my thinking, to deal with negative memories, to keep in shape, and of course to find good photographs. I probably walk a good...
    LunarDelta LunarDelta 26-30, M Mar 24

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    Anyything yo want, you need? Internet is the largest libarary :)
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 11

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