Each year hundreds of thousands of people make cemeteries a tourist destination. They visit the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris to see the grave of Jim Morrison; they stroll through the spooky Highgate Cemetery in London reliving their favorite horror films; in New Orleans people go to the St Louis Number 1 Cemetery to see Marie Laveau’s tomb and trinkets hoping to win her favor; and here in Western New York, people go to Forest Lawn cemetery to take in Frank Llyod Wright architecture and stroll the quiet grounds. Cemeteries bring an incredible peace. But, they carry a stigma and, as such, bring a thrill. That stigma - “Are cemeteries haunted?” The answer (in my opinion, mind you) is a loud and resounding NO. Well…. MOST of the time they’re not.
However, I understand people’s fear of cemeteries. They are where we put our loved ones remains as their “final resting place.” We go there with flowers and to “talk” to our deceased loved ones. Additionally, in horror films the dead are depicted crawling out of the grave and lonely spirits are shown wandering between the gravestones. So there must be Spirit, in cemeteries right? WRONG!
Cemeteries are really quite quiet and peaceful. I realized this when I was about four. My grandfather had taken me and my two older cousins (five and seven) to the cemetery to visit my grandmother. Much to my grandfather’s displeasure, we were goofing around in the back seat of the car. When we wouldn’t quiet down, my grandfather got a brilliant idea. He stopped the car and kicked me out telling me; “If you have so much to say talk to all the spooks in the cemetery, look around, there are plenty that could listen. They don’t have anything better to do anyways.” My cousins’ jaws dropped when he shut the car door on me and DROVE AWAY. Now, I’m sure he didn’t go far. I was probably within eye shot the whole time and although it felt like forever it was probably only for a couple minutes. But can you imagine doing that today? CPS would be called! I get off track… back to my point. As I was standing there alone in the cemetery, a little frightened, I realized something… I was ALL alone. And I wondered, where were all the spirits?
After my grandfather came back for me, I was a little sheepish (and proud) so it was a few weeks before I asked my grandfather my question. His response, “Why would they want to hang out there? Cemeteries are depressing. Will you want to hang out in a cemetery when you’re dead? I know I wouldn’t… I’m going to come and haunt you!”
He made a good point. And, it has been my experience he was right. About all aspects… He sure doesn’t hang out there, he is definitely my Casper.
So at there you have it, that’s why cemeteries aren’t haunted. But as I mentioned earlier, that’s most of the time. Which means there are some occasions when there IS spirit activity. One of those times occurred this week - Memorial Day! Over Memorial Day, whenever passing a cemetery (especially military ones) I hear bugle horns and see seas of soldiers in military attire paying their respects to their comrades.
Why are cemeteries busy over Memorial Day? The same reason cemeteries see an influx of living visitors over the holiday. Spirits go to pay their respects just like we do here. Something that is important to remember, when we die we continue to live and continue to grow. Hence our actions over there are very much like they are here. So it should come as no surprise that cemeteries are busy on Memorial Day. And, since Spirit’s activities mimic those of people here… just as fast as the cemetery got busy, they have quieted down. Until next time…
Dawn Lynn is an EveryDay medium. She lives and breathes via her intuition, which as a fourth generation intuitive from a family of Spiritualists came easily. Her abilities became apparent in early childhood and were cultured by a supportive family. Through her Blogs and Vlogs, she wants to help you become the EveryDay medium too.