When it’s nice outside and I have spare time, I love visiting cemeteries. Some of my friends go with me, but others think I’m weird for hanging around a place where a bunch of dead people are buried.
I know I’m not the only person who loves cemeteries. Every time I visit the famous cemeteries of New Orleans, there are dozens of people wandering around. But what is it about the final resting places of the dead that fascinates people?
They’re peaceful: Daily life is hectic. Whether you’re a student, in the working world, a stay at home mom, or anything else, your days are probably filled with activity and stress. Some people unwind by going to parties or public events. But if you’re an introvert like me, too much social interaction is emotionally draining, and you prefer to wind down via alone time. Cemeteries are usually pretty quiet, even during a burial, leaving you alone with your thoughts.
We have a fascination with death: In my experience, there are two types of people: People who face their fears, and people who run from them. And it doesn’t get much more fearful than death.
Death affects all of us. We watch our loved ones and even friends die, knowing it’ll happen to use one day too. Everyone has their beliefs about an afterlife (or lack thereof), but nobody knows for sure what will happen until it happens to them. And by then, it’s too late to go back.
Cemeteries are a reminder of our own mortality. There are dozens of bodies just a few feet beneath us, and one day we’ll all end up just like them.
They’re beautiful: If there’s no art museum in your area, cemeteries are a great alternative. And it’s no surprise that people want their loved ones’ final resting places to be exquisite. Just check out these cemetery sculptures, or some of the photos I’ve taken in my area.
Do you love cemeteries? Why or why not?