Do you find cemetaries interesting or creepy?

@loved1 (5336)
United States
October 26, 2006 10:51pm CST
I love to go looking around in cemetaries! There is so much history there to read on the grave markers. I will only go during the day though because it is too creepy at night!
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• United States
27 Oct 06
I find them interesting. I like to look at the pictures on the markers.
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
28 Oct 06
Me too! My father can tell you little interesting bits of info about graves. He is especially smart about ones during the depression. I find it fascinating.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
yeh I am with you, I find them very interesting, I often wonder what certain people were like...
• United States
12 Dec 10
Me too. I love going to the cemertaries and look at the years. I pass out candy on Halloween at the cemerataries on the childrens graves. We have some really cool errie ones here in Hawaii. You see grave yards in places you wouldn't think you would find any. I will go to a grave yard day or night. I like creepy.
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
20 Mar 12
Interesting! I have never heard of putting candy on the graves of children on Halloween. Is that something other people do also or is it just a tradition for you? Tell me more about the graveyards in Hawaii. What kinds of unusual places do you see a graveyard there?
• United States
22 Feb 09
Cemetaries are a major source of historical information. a stroll through a cemetary can serve to stir old memories as well as mysteries.
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I agree, it does stir up old memories. The older I get, the more names I recognize on the headstones, unfortunately. I hope to someday go to a really old historical cemetary and just spend the day looking around. My husband thinks I am morbid! Ha ha!
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
23 Apr 07
I love cemetaries during the day. They do have a lot of history but also a lot of atmosphere there. I enjoy walking through them, the older the better. It's amazing what you can find out there. I got to visit the ones in New Orleans and that was really neat because they are different then most due to being under sea level. Forget me going though at night. No way will you get me there. I may be a bit nutty but I'm not that crazy. They spook me way too much at that time.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
28 Apr 07
I am with you on that one emeraldisle. lol Us chickens better stick together.
@wenfri (1188)
• Canada
17 Apr 07
I find cemetaries interesting. Could spend alot of time looking at dates and markers. They have amazing history We spend one Easter in Germany (with my hubby)searching for his grandparents, aunts and uncles graves. did you know in Germany after so many years they remove the bodies and give them back to the families Unless the family pays to keep them there. Guess it is the lack of space that does it. Couldn't even imagine that happening in Canada At nite well can't say as I ever tried going at night although it may be amusing Depends on who was with me if I would be scared then Wendy
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
28 Apr 07
Oh my goodness! That is terrible! What would you do if you ran out of money? Yikes!
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@ilse72 (1453)
• United States
28 Oct 06
I find them interesting, particularly very old cemetaries. If you ever get to South Dakota, be sure to go to Deadwood Cemetary. Not only are Wild Bill Hickock and Annie Oakley buried there but there are many very old tombstones. These are so old that they have epitaphs which are really fascinating to read. They give you incite into what the deceased was like as a person.
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
28 Oct 06
Those are the best kind!
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
28 Oct 06
I find them interesting, particularly the older ones, as they give great insight into what happened in that district so many years ago. Sadly some will always be neglected but we are seeing more and more that the local community are taking care of these older graves. As people research their family history, more people are going back and seeking information which is often available at the local Cemetary.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
28 Oct 06
You are right. Cemeteries are a great place to find your family tree.
@stezieb (2185)
• United States
27 Oct 06
I think they are totally creepy. My Fiance wants to get married in a cemetary, on HALLOWEEN. That is just too creepy for me, i had to convince her to just go with the traditional wedding. =D
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
28 Oct 06
That is too funny!
3 Aug 07
I certainly do not find cemetaries creepy, I actually think they are often the opposite, they are usually by their very nature, peaceful environments. In some ways I think it is very nice that people take the trouble to read headstones of people that they don't even know, it's like people are being remembered and that's not a bad thing. Cemetaries often offer a lot of history as well, or in some cases a stark visual and emotional view of certain events or atrocities throughout our history, e.g famine, war, accidents etc. I don't think I would go wandering around at night, but then that is more to do with the fact that I can't see anything, so whats the point!
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@carolscash (9500)
• United States
5 Jun 09
Interesting! I love cemetaries and plan to spend a whole day next week going to different ones and looking around. I find them very calming and peaceful. I believe that there is a lot to be learned from them and I would spend many days there if I had the time. I have actually thought about writing a book about them.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
6 Jun 09
Oooh! Exciting! Let me know if you write that book, I will want to buy a copy for sure.
• United States
10 Jan 09
I love cemetaries. I can remember my mother taking us to very old cemetaries when I was a kid. They had some of the coolest sayings on the markers and the english was different then. They would use f's for s's. I can remember taking rubbings of tombstones. Cemetaries have some really great art. I still go a few times a year to different cemetaries and just walk around. It's very peaceful. It's been interesting to see the changes. Now a lot of them have photos of the person so you can see what they really look like. The thing that really saddens me is that we are having a severe problem with metal theft here. People are stealing any kind of metal they can get their hands on and selling it to recyclers. Cemetaries are being hit and not only are the metal vases you can put flowers in being stolen but the brass plates (on the graves that have them) which identify the person buried there.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Isn't that sad. How in the world could a person steal from a cemetary, no matter what their reason was. It is inexcusable.
@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
10 Jan 09
I too Love to go to Cemetaries and look at all the interesting headstones, and read the dates, etc. and wonder how they got there. If it is a Newer grave I will usually offer up a Prayer for the families still around for Peace and best to them from there. I could never imagine myself being in a Cemetary at night, as it would be a spooky feeling for sure.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Aw, that is so nice that you offer up a prayer for the families that have recently lost a loved one.
• United States
8 Jul 08
I'm with you.....in the daytime. I like reading the markers and try to figure out who that person was, but be saddened by the young deaths. At night the cemetery changes into a place I would rather not be! LOL.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
3 Jan 09
Me too, I am a chicken at heart.
• United States
30 Mar 08
I find them interesting. The only thing I find creepy is going to visit a loved one's grave and seeing a freshly dug/freshly buried gravesite, that really gets to me and I never go at night. I visit cemetaries mostly when I travel down south, especially to Georgia. There is one there called Bonaventure Cemetary that dates back to pre-civil war time and actually does not actively bury anyone their anymore do to historical preservations. The grounds are beautiful, spanish moss hanging from willow tree's and ornate headstones totally cover the grounds and family plots.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
3 Jan 09
Oooh that one sounds especially cool! I would love to go walk around in that graveyard! During the day of course.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
20 Sep 07
even in the day i think cemeteries are creepy! especially when there's no one around but you and those graves. in our cemeteries there arent really a lot to read on so its not that interesting. and most of our cemeteries are too crowded and sometimes, the spaces supposed to be an alley are even used as grave spaces. in our cemetery there are too many than there should be. so i dont really like going there during all soul's day. ^__^
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
16 Nov 07
The cemetary in our town does not have a ton of truly interesting stones, but I still enjoy reading the history. Luckily our cemetary is well spaced and organized so it is relaxing to walk around and check things out. Cemetaries do creep me out at night though.
@seabeauty (1480)
• United States
11 Sep 07
I do actually :). Especially the really old ones from the 17 , 18 hundreds. I like the huge headstones and masoleum type graves. They are creepy but interesting to look at. They are works of art in my opinion. Mary
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
16 Nov 07
You are right. Some of those stones are actually works of art.
@cheribam (448)
• United States
9 Apr 07
I find cemeteries creepy... I remember the true story of College sophomores who are shooting their documentary, and their videocam captured a playful image passing over them and seems like seeking attention... scary, the video clip was publicized all over the news in the Philippines.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
16 Nov 07
That would have really freaked me out!
@stailgate (2363)
• United States
15 Jan 07
I know what you mean. I responded to a couple of people before saying that I liked doing this, and they commented back that that is creepy. I like to look at how old the dates are, and the different styles that are out there. If people would take the time to look at them, you would notice that they are there to be looked at!! Like some that have poems or pictures added!! People want them to look. We have always told our kids that headstones are the phones to heaven. If they want to talk to someone that has passes, you stand in front of their stone and they can hear you. They think that it is neat and they are not afraid either. I do not personally have a problem going threw at night, but I usually do not. Just because I can not see as well.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I guess I would not have a problem going to a cemetery at night if it was in a busy area. Our town cemetery is way out in the country all by itself. Nobody to hear you scream.....lol
@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
16 Dec 06
To me they are very interesting, so full of history. I've been in many cemeteries around the US in my travels, and I always see the neatest epitaphs on gravestones. Some are quite funny. I even saw one in Missouri that had a bingo card engraved on the back of it. I guess that woman loved to play bingo while living. Some of them really make you wish you knew more about them.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I see many gravestones that make me curious about the people buried there. I love the ones that have a picture of the person on the stone so you can see what they looked like.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I think cemeteries are absolutely fascinating. I used to take high school kids to the cemetery to do grave rubbings from the oldest tombstones we could find. Of course, in Iowa that isn't so old. Years ago we rented an apartment upstairs in an old house in a small town. Just down the road was an old, old cemetery, and we used to go with high school kids and explore the cemetery at night. We had so much fun. I did some night exploring when I was in high school, too. It has never bothered me.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
20 Dec 06
You are a brave person! The thing about the cemetaries here is you often have corfields nearby. I can get creeped out by walking next to a cornfield at night without a cemetary nearby!