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I Love Walking Through Graveyards and Reading the Headstones

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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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    I know it's morbid, but I like walking through

    and seeing how long people lived. If they were extremely old when they died, I like to make up an epic life for them. If they were younger when they died, I try to figure out the cause of death. If they were infants or children when they died, it makes me sad that they never got...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Apr 25

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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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    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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    But it's quite depressing knowing

    that is where i'm going to end up one day.
    SAVEtheHER0 SAVEtheHER0 18-21, F Jun 24, 2014

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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 46-50, F 5 Responses Apr 26, 2008

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    when I started doing this my friends

    and family started calling me crazy ...they threatened to check me in against my own will to the mad house ... am glad people here understand so thought I was alone ..
    MariaAmor1 MariaAmor1 18-21 3 Responses Feb 11

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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 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 22, 2014

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    shiningcosmos shiningcosmos 41-45, F 3 Responses Mar 17, 2014

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    The most touching epitaph I ever encountered

    was on the tombstone of the printer of Edinburgh. It said simply: He kept down the cost and set the type right. - Gregory Nunn
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 12, 2014

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    I find it very intriguing.

    ...especially those ones which state the way the person died, and their family connections
    AudioTravylerRavenwolf AudioTravylerRavenwolf 13-15, F 2 Responses May 20

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    I love going to graveyards

    and taking photos....they are so peaceful
    spankwire spankwire 46-50, M Jun 22, 2014

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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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    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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    Hollywood Memorial Park (Santa Monica Blvd),

    City of Angels, CALIFORNIA 🇺🇸!! Where the rich & famous R.I.P.!!!
    pyeito pyeito 31-35, M Jan 7, 2014

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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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    Something so eerie and peaceful.

    Walking amongst all those people, all those lives, all those stories. Its like an explosion of emotion and history to think they're all missed because they have lived and not because they have died
    Gemma1990 Gemma1990 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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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 26-30, M Jun 26, 2014

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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 46-50, F Jun 24, 2014

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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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    It is amazing to see how old some of the graves

    are. I have found my great great great great great Grandmothers grave.
    sroonaka616 sroonaka616 18-21 May 5

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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 22-25, T 1 Response Nov 6, 2013

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    Some of those mausoleums

    and markers are works of art.
    khewster khewster 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 22, 2014

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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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    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 46-50, F Jun 18, 2014

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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 14 Responses Aug 13, 2008

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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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    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 6 Responses Jun 24, 2014

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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...
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M Jan 20, 2013

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    Love it love it loooove it.

    ..specially in good company.I find cemeteries romantic and meaningful,it is like meeting people who are not here anymore,yet you get the valuable chance to know something about them.To pay tribute for those who are gone with respect and curiosity about their lives.
    4biandu 4biandu 31-35, F Nov 1, 2014

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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 have always loved to do this.

    A graveyard is so peaceful and seems full of love. I think maybe because the family and friends who have lost their lived ones visit with beautiful flowers and leave that love behind. I often used to sit and have my lunch there and now enjoy travelling around to little country...
    chrissie58 chrissie58 46-50, F 3 Responses Sep 15, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    it is interesting. you wonder

    who they were and what their lives were like, especially the ones who have really old headstones, and the ones who died young. you read the pieces of poetry or scripture. in summer i get drunk there and fall asleep.
    sludgefeast sludgefeast 26-30, F 2 Responses May 23

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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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, F Nov 14, 2013

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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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