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I Love Walking Through Graveyards and Reading the Headstones

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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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    For a school field trip we visited Arlington

    cemetery. They had rows and rows of headstones of different people that died in war. It's hard to think that every single one of them has their own story. They all died in war and could have been brave or cowardly. They could have been saving a friend or died in a medical...
    mountainseal mountainseal 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 22

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    Strange as it is, my mother used to take me to

    the cemetery on my birthdays growing up. Per my request, of course. I like to go now too. There was a really beautiful old cemetery in the last city I lived in.
    RMDk RMDk 26-30, F 7 Responses Jun 24

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    My Days At The Cemetery

    I spend a lot of time over our local graveyard. After my younger brother was taken from me, some years ago, im always over there. Just to be close to him, and his girlfriend, who were both murdered together. - now they are together forever. And I love all the different...
    marklovescoffee marklovescoffee 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 20, 2013

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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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    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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    shiningcosmos shiningcosmos 41-45, F 3 Responses Mar 17

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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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    I did it while I was in Honor Guard.

    Before the family arrived, we made sure everything was squared away at the grave site. While waiting I would look at surrounding graves. Depending on the cemetery, I'd often see other veterans' grave-stones. Veterans that are buried were WWI and II (of course), Korean, and...
    djag2007 djag2007 22-25, M Jun 26

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    I walked through this old cemetery in Knoxville,

    TN this evening. The oldest gravestone was for a prominent man who died in 1800. It was a very peaceful walk through the shady trees.
    FunNewAddiction FunNewAddiction 41-45, F Jun 24

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    I love going to graveyards

    and taking photos....they are so peaceful
    spankwire spankwire 46-50, M 1 Response Jun 22

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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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    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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    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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    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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    But it's quite depressing knowing

    that is where i'm going to end up one day.
    SAVEtheHER0 SAVEtheHER0 16-17, F Jun 24

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    Brookwood Cemetery

    The Military section of this vast Cemetery is a lovely and tranquil place. I love to wander around it, but the headstones really make you think. Every one of them was some mother's son,. and the epitaphs can be absolutely heartbreaking if you are in a fragile state and receptive...
    burstin2go burstin2go 51-55, M Jul 19, 2010

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    Peace

    I am terrified of funeral homes. I grew up in one practically during the summer with my grandparents but I am still terrified of funerals homes today.  Grave yards fascinate me however. I love walking through different graveyards to see when the first persons were born and...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 8, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses Sep 9, 2013

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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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    Sometimes

    One night I went to the cemetary where my grandpa is at. I sat by his grave under a willow tree and played guitar. Every time I started playing one particular song, the wind would start blowing. I'd stop, the wind stopped. After I while, I decided to stop playing so as not to...
    LawlessTranquility LawlessTranquility 26-30, M Nov 5, 2012

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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'm thinking about walking through Alabama's

    oldest cemetery on the way back home from Indiana this weekend. I love reading the head stones and imagining the lives of the people...
    FunNewAddiction FunNewAddiction 41-45, F Jun 18

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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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    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 26-30 3 Responses Dec 12, 2008

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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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    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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    The Peaceful Dead

    When I lived in south Louisiana I would walk through the old graveyard on the way to the swimming pool. It was then that I discovered the beauty of a graveyard. It was separated by race and had an old slave graveyard that was amazing to read the headstones. One summer I spent a...
    heartache14 heartache14 31-35, F Aug 31, 2012

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    I Grew Up Near One.

    There's one across the street from my home (permanent residence, that is, not the dormitory I now spend most of my time in). It's the oldest cemetery still being used in the county I live in. There are many graves that predate the civil war by three or four decades. There are...
    phatb1991 phatb1991 22-25, M 6 Responses Nov 8, 2010

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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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    I visited this really old cemetery in

    Cairns Overgrown and quite neglected but you can still read some of the tombstones, 1800s mostly. Nothing particular until I got back to my apt. I have a million mosquito bites! Or were they?
    zorba04 zorba04 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 29

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    I went to one really,

    really old cemetery, there's very few people buried there, and I also read their headstones, one may read like, "Mary went to Heaven at twelve because of Consumption" simple headstones and nothing else. Now I go around the modern day cemeteries, they have headstones with the...
    zorba04 zorba04 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 22

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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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    I'M Weird Like That...

    Just sayin... I've done this many times. I love to go to the older sections of a cemetery and look through history. I often wonder who they were and how they died. Their tombstones are works of art, a lot different than ours.
    Klayden Klayden 31-35, M Nov 27, 2013

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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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    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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    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 Dec 28, 2008

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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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    I first discovered how much I liked this when I was 14. We lived on the edge of town in a small farming community, and at the end of our street it continued as a country road down...
    Rabbit7543 Rabbit7543 26-30 3 Responses Jul 26

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    Okay, prepare for a huge experience, a novella worth. So I'm blind. Yeah it sucks sometimes, especially when playing video games. Gosh I wanna play Chrono Trigger so freaking bad...
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    It was my first time hiking today, and I am in love. I've had the itch for a while and I never thought scratching would feel so good. I hiked for 3 and a half hours along the...
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    Nothing more exhilarating than running through the meadow barefoot enjoying every blade of grass caressing your feet while the morning dew moistens your skin and the sun smiles in...
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    Not sure how this site works and really what it is. Look fun tho. I could enjoy and chat when it's real, helpful and fun.
    flipflop2o flipflop2o 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 23

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    Me and patches ran 10 miles today, we took some breaks, but it was definitely fun! We stopped at the library afterwards!
    KoolKandon KoolKandon 13-15, M Jul 24

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    Well it is another sunny hot day again here in East Yorkshire :), going to try a naked walk along the banks of the river Humber today.
    rbray52 rbray52 56-60, M Aug 4

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    When I moved into my first apt. right out of college, I wore either briefs or nothing when at home. The apt was part of a larger home and the owner's grandson was always around...
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