Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cemetery Walk

I have to admit, I kind of like walking through cemeteries. In 6th grade, when my family moved to a rural church parsonage in Minnesota, I began a lifelong fascination with them. That parsonage we lived in was right beside the little church where my Dad was a pastor. The beautiful setting was completed with a small cemetery. Click here to read about that place and to see photos taken when Mom and I last visited there.

There is a cemetery just a block from where I work now. It is a cemetery where I've gone for several years now, using it as my place of peace or thinking or whatever I need at the time. I started going there when my friend/patient, Sara, died. I treasured her and miss her easy laugh. She was also a nurse and we enjoyed a precious bond. You can read again about Sara here.

Later, when other dear patients died, I didn't usually know where they were buried. Sara's grave became a place where I could mourn all of the patients I've known and cared for. Is that too weird? Over the years the spaces around Sara's grave have been filled. Just standing at the foot of her grave I can read the names of at least 7 or 8 other patients I knew. It is a strange feeling. It kind of reminds me, though, that we are all in this place for just a short time, really.

Anyway, like I said, this cemetery is by my workplace. I decided it would be a nice place for a lunchtime walk recently. As it turned out, I wasn't really alone there. I just thought you'd like to see the photos I took with my cell phone when I took that walk.


Hey!
I don't think you are supposed to eat those!


So, tell me the truth.
Am I weird or do any of you enjoy a walk through a cemetery?


7 comments:

EJN said...

I find great comfort in walking through cemetaries and pondering the people planted there. One of these days, that place of death will burst full of life. Maybe that is why I find it stills me to be there.
In answer to your question....Yes! Me, too!

Maria Rose said...

Perhaps it is hereditary as I too love it.

Allen said...

As the son of an undertaker/mortician/funeral director I have been in many cemeteries, and always found them very peaceful.

Mom said...

I too loved the little cemetery at Horicon and even thought I might want to be buried there someday. I also love the beauty and peacefulness of the Gillette cemetery where so many family members are buried.

Anne Marie said...

Yep, I'm a cemetery walker.

Michelle said...

Me, too.

Tina said...

they aren't wheelchair friendly. But, I remember my favorite place to go, when I was upset as a kid, was the tree in the front of Horicon cemetery. It was quiet and peaceful.