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  • Two reasons: there is a supposedly haunted cemetery close to where I live and I like to read the headstones from the 19th century and older cemeteries here.
  • I go to visit my grandmother. It is very creepy, the stones are so close together and the grass is bumpy.
  • The headstones are beautiful or its somewhere family is burried
  • The last cemetery I visited was in Boston...heck, they're right THERE in the middle of the city. I checked it out purely for historical value.
  • We do have a beautiful historical cemetary about 1 mile away.. It is just full of trees and deer and birds, it also has a hugh pond. Chester Arthur is buried there. We used to go thee to pick chestnuts when young, spend all day there. It dates back to the 1700's, so peaceful.
  • I usually like to walk around until I find the oldest tombstone.
  • To admire the architecture.
  • It's kind of like a history/art museum. There is so much to see and learn. Sometimes I do rubbings or take photographs.
  • To read the names and see if they are familiar/related. To see when they died and give thanks that we have modern medicine. To mourn for dead children long forgotten. To pay my respects to my elders, related or not. To "honor thy mother and father" even if they are only related as all mankind is related. To thank those who sacrificed their lives for mine and for my freedoms.
  • It's peaceful...There something about walking in a cemetery alone, especially in autumn (or just a pleasant day). I wonder about the people buried in it as I admire the tombstones.
  • It's interesting to view and attempt to find the oldest headstones. The inscription on some of them is very interesting also.
  • To find potential members of my family... To take pictures of as many headstones as I can, especially family... To enjoy the relative peace and quiet (unless it's mowing day)
  • To visit relatives and friends gravesites!
  • Usually it's to visit family headstones (grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc). Sometimes if I can go, there are cemetery masses in the summer. I was also named after a family member who died over 30 years ago, and when I see her grave, sometimes it's eerie lol because I'm looking down at the stone with my first and last name on it.
  • visiting family but i've never been uncomforable in them
  • I like to look at the really old headstones. It's always so peaceful there.
  • Either to walk to get exercise or one of my family members is in it.
  • Nice quiet place to take a walk and talk to the rocks of the dead family members :)
  • Here to visit my family graves. In other countries I like to look at the war graves and Historical Memorials
  • An interest in the history of the people who lived in the area.
  • To think........
  • I go to visit all my relatives. It is primarily a Nix cemetary. I feel sad when I see the infant tombstones....well, anybody's really. Most of them didn't live very long back then. Our family's American history is documented there on the headstones. We go back to the 1600's.
  • I like graveyards, they're interesting, calm and soothing and nobody bothers you. I like them at night too, it's really not scary like a lot of people seem to think. No particular reason other than that I like it.
  • I like reading the names, some of the carvings, and the epitaphs. My favorite one will always be "I told you I was sick!"
  • There is a cemetery in my hometown which have some of the post war graves there. It was given the name God's Little Acre after the memorial cross erected by The Perak Planter's Association and others to commemorate the Communist Emergency 1949-1960. Honestly I did not visit the cemetery with a reason in mind. I went there purely out of curiosity and partly because it is located very near to my 2nd brother's home. But I did not regret visiting it. While I was, the memorial inscription caught my attention and it reads as follows: The memorial inscription can be seen opposite it reads: ERECTED BY THE PERAK PLANTER'S ASSOCIATION AND OTHER WELL WISHERS IN MEMORY OF ALL THOSE WHO LIE AR REST IN GOD'S LITTLE ACRE PIONEERS, PLANTERS, MINERS POLICE AND THE MILITARY MANY OF WHOM GAVE THEIR LIVES WHEN DEFEATING COMMUNIST INSURGENCY 1948 - 1960 WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM 17 JUNE 1989 The pictures of God's Little Acre are taken from http://www.roll-of-honour.com with appreciation for their permission granted to me to display them as follows:
  • The reson i do it is becuz in the memory of all those who past.
  • I like to look at the old tombstones, and the names on them. I also look at the dates, I like looking at really old ones. Some in Europe date back hundreds of years. It is also very quiet and serene.
  • I like old cemeteries too, for me it's the history. Went to one in a small town and noticed how many of the streets are named after the town's founders etc. You get a real sense of the town and its history!
  • I actual work at a cemetery so is usually to work, but many times I go just to walk and visit family members, find peace there. My hubby who is the manager says he thinks he has one of the greatest jobs taking care of people's loved ones. we often stop in town we travel though a look at other cemetery just to see the history.
  • I too like to walk around and look at the different tombstones. Really old tombstones are usually very ornate and symbolic, while others used sayings that we don't normally see today. As an example, my father is buried in a very old cemetary, in the oldest section there is a 16 year old boy buried that died in the 1800's, under his name and dates, there is a quote that says, "He Was A Good Boy".
  • Cemeteries are a given when you're into genealogy and family history! So I'll visit them to pay my respects to my ancestors. I'll visit one when I'm ancestor "hunting" (and hoping). Used to be that I'd take photographs of tombstones then add those to the family files. Now when I visit (especially if I've traveled a long way just to GO to that cemetery), I take LOTS of photographs, including "strangers". So many volunteers generously upload their tombstone inscriptions .. and photos if they've got them .. to online free respositories like http://www.findagrave.com So? Decided I'd follow their good example. I've got a bunch of photos on my laptop all ready for me to upload there. -- Also been known to visit cemeteries "just because" it's part of the history of a place .. esp the older ones. -- Last year, I was in western NY, USA taking cemetery photos, visiting local churches to see records, going to local genealogical and historical societies, etc. I went to one small town I'd never been to before "just" to find a Revolutionary War ancestor's grave. There's something magical and wonderful to just "stand there" and acknowledge (claim?) the bond .. acknowledge "the life" .. pay respects. (These visits can also result in "action" to save a deteriorating tombstone .. but have already written too much as it is, so I'll stop now!) :)
  • We live across the road from a large cemetery, and we like to go over there for long walks, and to visit our relatives. My wife and I bought a plot right across from our home. When we sit in our living room we can see lots of deer walking around. We saw five Wild Boar one time, they were behind a fence in the cemetery, got through a hole and walked right down our driveway and disappeared behind our home. My wife has pictures of them. They are Ugly creatures!! One time we seen a small black bear in the cemetery walking around, right next to the fence, I think he was lost!! The State Police were trying to locate him because not far away is a residental area and they were afraid someone would get hurt. They never did capture the bear. There also is a pond where the Canadian geese come for the summer and raise their family. Most summers there is only one male and one female (really lol) and we can see them from our living room, my wife takes our great grandchildren over to the pond and loves to take pictures of the newly hatched goslings swimming around following their mother. (really cute sight to see). Also, lots of small animals (squirrels, rabbits, etc). Well, I guess that's enough info for now, I could write a book about the animals we see, and all the things we watch them do. Thank You for the Question Sheriff Raff..Have a Great Weekend!! Good Luck..
  • I have many reasons. I do visit dead friends etc. But I often go because it is peaceful. Some of the older cemeteries have beautiful, haunting mausoleums and grave stones that I love to look at.
  • I like to walk through a cemetery because you get that feeling that all of the problems you are experiencing, all of the stress and worry, really don't mean all that much. One day it will end. Live every day like it was your last. Learn and much as you can. Cemeteries are so peaceful.
  • We walk around cemeteries often. Sometimes, to visit family. Often we'll go just to relax. It's interesting to walk around and look at the old stones...
  • to talk to my wife
  • I visit cemeteries to remember family and friends who've died.
  • I am involved in cemetery surveying and making sure nobody buried is ever lost because of grave markers deteriorating. So I spend a lot of time in cemeteries and write the deceased names and dates and make it available to a genealogical site I am a member of. I spend a lot of time in cemeteries for that reason now but also to see if there is any paranormal activity. I have never encountered any. I find cemeteries so peaceful, I used to just go for that and to read the grave markers.
  • I do the same thing. I enjoy local history and I try to piece together the stories told by the tombstones. One grave I remember was for a sailor from Norway. His hometown chipped in to buy his marker. Another was for an 8 year girl who 'died from a fall at school'. Others stated 'lost at sea'. I find it fascinating.
  • when iwas in my early teens i used to like to wander around the cemetary as it was so peaceful and i found i was able to get my thoughts together
  • I secretly wish for flesh-eating zombies to inherit the earth and bring humanity to a screeching hault. I figure if I'm already around dead people I will be the first to experience it. I am so not even kidding. I enjoy being scared.
  • If i visit a cemetery and walk and stop around it.The reason would be to see my lost friend. ------------------------------------- julianrobert <a href=http://www.legalx.net> california dui</a>
  • to tell my lost ones that i love them
  • I go to the cemetery toput flowers on my grandparents or my friends graves.:)
  • I like cemetery, its peaceful reminds me that life is just more than daily routines.
  • I am missing somebody who's buried in there.
  • Cos I like them. The neighbors aren't too noisy.
  • You can see lots of family relationships when you read the headstones. It is an interesting and tangible way to be involved with history.
  • I love walking around our cemetery, i go there often to visit my mother and fathers grave. Its such a peaceful place, i could spend all day there.
  • To read all the old stones and admire the workmanship of others...
  • I'm there with a camera and a voice recorder, looking for and talking to the inhabitants.
  • I am Australian. There is a Pioneers Cemetery in the middle of our town centre, with several First Fleeters and a lot of the earliest settlers of the area. I like looking for the names of families who gave their names to suburbs or streets. But most of the cemeteries I have visited have contain my ancestors in small graveyards in central New South Wales.
  • I do the same thing--mostly out of curiousity and to learn something about local history. Each tombstone is like a story. Examples--"died from a fall at school" or " struck by lightening".
  • I like to do that, too. I read the tombstones and speculate about the people who are buried, think about the meaning of life, enjoy the nice day in a quiet place.
  • To visit a grave. I've been there with friends before, just walking around and looking at the headstones.
  • I go only if I absolutely have to visit. Otherwize I try not to look in that direction - it depresses me big time. ///By the way in Moscow, Russia the main square of the whole country is a cemetery and it still has an old execution place. People come there for all kinds of activity and events - it's a skating rink in winter, place for concerts, festivals, marches and other attractions. That's freaky, I think. :-/ They say, they gonna close Red Square for a reconstruction soon, and take that cemetery away. Well, this would be a nice and big fat dot in the end of whole era of comunism insanity.///
  • I love to walk around an old cemetery and look at all the old dates and the ages of the people. Try to figure out by the date why they may have died.
  • i had a teacher in high school who would stop on road trips and have her picnics there. she just said it was like a peaceful, well tended park. and she was never kicked out of cemetery's like she was if she accidentally wandered on someone's private property by the side of the road to have her picnic
  • I love visiting cemetaries! They are calm and peaceful places, but I also like to read the grave stones - not in a morbid way, but they are good places to understand the history of the area you live in. A few years ago, when we had an outbreak of foot and mouth in the area, all green spaces, parks, etc were closed, and the only place I could go to walk in green space was the local cemetary.
  • They are extremely calming and peaceful places. I enjoy reading about the people buried there as each one was once just like me. We have a cemetery close to us that is so old it is not been used in many many years and in one small section under some huge pine trees is a cluster of small tiny graves, I can't remember the dates off hand, but it was during an influenza epidemic and the ages on the graves range from birth to about 6 years old. Sometimes I want to try and fix up the old graves, so many are broken and damaged either by people or tree roots, but I am not allowed.
  • Historical interest. Looking at different headstone designs. Rarely any upright humans there and you can take a quiet walk. My boyfriend and I on hot summer days would take a picnic and cold beer and go to a cemetary. For some I think it is one way to slowly expose themselves to the reality of death.
  • &quot;Test test, one...two...test"
  • The only time I go to the cemetary is to visit my dad's grave.
  • I go to relax and to look at the old ones and I enjoy finding ones which have the way the person died on them. I also like to take pictures. Graveyards are soothing.
  • I take my kids to a really old cemetery we look at the grave stones and talk about them and maybe take some rubbings of the really old ones, i think its good as children are a little baffled with the whole process of life and death.. They know its not a place to be scared of. They know where we are laid to rest, they ask lost of questions in which I'm happy to answer :)
  • to visit my loved ones,I sometimes go looking for a tombstone that doesn't have a flower and i like to put something there. and its also very peaceful there.
  • I only ever go to the cemetry to bury someone I never visit a grave because I believe theres nothing there! : (
  • I have one right on my backyard... I have no choice.
  • I like to talk walks in the local cemetary. I do it because it makes me feel at ease. Don't ask me why! :P I guess I'm the stranger crayon in the box. ^__^ It makes me feel at peace, and it's especially nice to take a walk in a cemetary in the fall, when the colours are especially bright! :)
  • I visit my In-laws grave site along with my brothers graves. It gets harder each time I do it.
  • Such peace and quiet. So quiet That I can actually hear myself think. Beyond the peace and quiet, I love walking around cemetaries, I love putting together family histories,I love connecting the dots.
  • I go to one inparticular to clean the moss and lichen out of my fathers headstone. Other than that I go to get photographs of interesting designs and the poetry that's on some of the older headstones. For the photography part however, I'll leave if there's anyone around paying respect to a departed one. Don't want to intrude.
  • There are some really old cemetaries around here, graves dating back to the 1600's. The legends on the stones are fascinating, not to mention educating. Further south is the cemetary where Washington Irving is burried.(Headless Horseman). to the north is John Browns farm and gravesite.
  • I love cemeteries, especially historical ones. I love to view the headstones and read the engravings. But there was a time in my life when I was very depressed, it was after I lost a cousin of mine that was more like a little brother. I would go to the cemetery b/c it seemed to be the one place I could put life in perspective...I mean really, atleast I was still alive :) It was peaceful and quiet and a great place to reflect!
  • i dont see the point but yes sometimes i find my self walking in the grave yard for hours and sometimes sleeping there.
  • I'm fascinated by the past and do a lot of genealogy work, so cemeteries interest me.
  • I was goth long before Goth was cool... I used to write poetry in cemetaries and meditate.
  • That because we all lonely and we all wonder the meaning of life and dead.
  • Two reasons- 1. Genealogical 2. Sometimes it brings me peace. Odd, perhaps, but true for me.
  • Reflective ponderence.
  • To visit my grandfather's and great grandparents' graves.
  • I go to visit and feel close to the peolple i knew I really think you should go back and plus all these peolple that have responded to your question - it's only right!
  • visiting friends and family
  • Cos I like them.
  • So many go without a loved visiting, so i do. I may not know them, but as they watch down from heaven at least they know someone cares.
  • Only to visit my grandfathers. thats it.
  • They're peaceful.
  • I like to read the names and the dates from the tombstones. I find it very interesting, almost like visiting a museum.
  • To go for a walk it is beautiful & peaceful...
  • to see the kangaroos- they are notorious for stealing the flowers! also to pay my respects to everyone buried there, especially the porr children who died prematurely. also to try to think about life and not take my chance of being here for granted.
  • what is your reason randomly stopping bye and walking around a cemetery?
  • I used to walk through one everyday. It was a shortcut home from school all those years ago.
  • My grandma died this past July. I visit her alot. ;D
  • To visit a loved one.
  • To talk to someone that would proably listen to me.
  • Family history, general history, interest in what was written, supposition about what that person was like based on all of this.
  • Several reasons: l. It's the Day of the Dead and I'm celebrating it or writing stories about it. 2. I've gone to a family funeral and go to the grave sites of my other relatives, just to remember them. 3. I'm doing research on ancestors and need information from the grave stones.
  • THE REUNION PRAYER Someday they shall dig my hole in the ground In an old-fashioned graveyard just outside of town. The trees there are ancient and so are the stones The people beneath them are just dust and bones. The last time I went there with a fistful off flowers I took the time to reminisce for one or two hours. I looked at the carvings, on granddad’s gravestone "Here lies an outcast who died all alone." A robber of trains, and a buster of banks He took all their money and never said thanks. Then there was grandma who taught Sunday school She said that Satan had made him a fool. My mom and dad lie there side by side I remembered the fire the night they died. Then there was you, dear, who I love most of all. I sure wish your heaven had waited to call. I’m getting old now and most my bones creak It even hurts me just to walk down the street. I'm so feeble, I'm ready to go I pray for reunion with all those I know. Lord, won 't you grant me a favor of sort? Please send me your angles to take me to court. By Tom Zart Most Published Poet On The Web
  • the place is well taken care of and very quiet. you can get a brochure of famous people buried in that cemetary. my worker and i when ever we work in lower westchester county in new york always go sightseeing in katonah cemetary. my folks are buried next door in gate of heaven so we get a brochure for that one also. in G o H. babe ruth and billy martin are in section 25 about 50 feet from each other jimmy cagney also is down the hill from mom and dad you start looking at tombstones and soon you find unusual ones especially in katonah some are made to look like trees a few are hieroglithic tommy dorsey has one as longas a coffin top with a trombone etched into it. lou gerhic's is as plain and simple as babe and billy's are overdone. there are small lakes to eat your lunch near. the most opulant by far are the chinese tombstones and it's always nice to peek into the mausaliums ya never know what you may see there.
  • I like to read the headstones and enjoy the solitude.

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