Visit a Cemetery Day
Sunday October 27th 2013 is "Visit a Cemetery Day"
headstones...
Underwater...
unusual-to...
306867
Eternal Rest
Lester Bit...
Born to Ride
The Future...

The 3RD annual "Visit a Cemetery Day" takes place on October 27, 2013 at your local cemetery.

October, it's the time of year that has long been associated with remembering and commemorating the dead; from Hallowe'en to el Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), and the holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. It's a time when the beautiful autumn scenery presents a final burst of color before winter descends.

In celebration of October's rituals of remembrance, mysendoff.com, International Memorialization Supplier Organization (IMSA), Kates-Boylston Publications and American Cemetery Magazine are proud to announce the third annual "Visit a Cemetery Day" on Sunday, October 27, 2013 - a day marked to commemorate the history and traditions of everyone's local community cemetery.

No one knows for sure, but there are hundreds of thousands of cemeteries in North America including those in use, those forgotten and small family cemeteries scattered from sea to sea and each one is filled with hundreds of stories of the lives once lived that now lie beneath the headstones and monuments.

For centuries, cemeteries have been recognized for their architecture, the artistry of headstones, serene park-like setting and atmosphere of tranquility, and now with the second annual "Visit a Cemetery Day" we encourage everyone to come together and show their support for the historical and social importance cemeteries have in their community. Not only are cemeteries the best place to learn about the history of one's community, they are also a place where people can trace their ancestry through the centuries, embrace the celebration of life and learn about the people who have shaped their communities.

On Sunday, October 27, 2013, be sure to visit your local cemetery, whether to bring flowers, wreaths or other tributes to the final resting places of family members and friends; take a quiet walk along the paths, read a book, photograph tombstones and mausoleums, or study the engravings of tombstones - "Visit a Cemetery Day" isn't just a day to commemorate those who came before us, but a day to carry on the ritual of remembrance.

Click on the image to print.

Invite friends or family members and bring your camera so you can share pictures of the most interesting headstones located in your area with mysendoff.com. We will post them on our Facebook Page and in our photo album. We have also created a Cemetery Search activity for children that will help them discover the interesting history that can be found in a cemetery. You can click on the photo to download and print.

Tombstones, some eroded by time, elaborate mausoleums, sculpted angels and allegorical figures can now be found alongside photographic and interactive tombstones which combined can now give people an archival documentary of the evolution of human history, perceptions and emotions throughout the generations.

With cultural perceptions of death changing over the years, many people will find a new invigoration when visiting a cemetery. From the array of architectural monuments, row upon row of varied headstones and a rich history of the past, people can experience the satisfaction in reliving the excitement of long ago and celebrating the life we enjoy today.

Read more:

Cemeteries throughout the World

Start Your Sendoff
Recommended Reading
Tombstone tourist, cemeterian, cemetery hunter, cemetery historian, military, genealogical, and even preservationist-gravers – whatever you want to call them, it’s a grave case of taphophilia and these taphophiles share one common interest... their interest; their fascination; their obsession rests in the[...]
Posted June 25th, 2012 by M-Gillies in Cemeteries, Editorial, Trends Comments Off
From 1997 to 2001, Archeologists discovered a series of three unlooted tombs in a 1,500-year-old Moche pyramid in Peru. The Moche were a cultural group that occupied northern Peru from 100-750 AD. They were a fearsome people who participated in human sacrifice. The tombs held five skeletons surrounded by textiles, ceramics, llama skeletons, and decorative metal works. These skeletons were young[...]
Charles Bronson was an actor who was renowned for having a tough, bad guy image on screen. He starred in American films such as The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent Seven and the popular Death Wish series. He died in 2003 at the age of 81 from pneumonia. Bronson was buried near his farm in Vermont. He was buried with his cane, which held the ashes of his wife Jill Ireland who died in 1990 from breast[...]
Posted December 6th, 2011 by K-Berens in Editorial, Memorial Sites Comments Off
Although there's no official listing for the highest cemetery in the world, there are many cemeteries that boast high elevation and some people may see a higher elevation as an advantage when picking out a proper cemetery. However, being too high up can be quite a disadvantage especially when it comes to Mount Everest. Even though they must have a terrific view, an estimated 200 people are lying[...]
Posted July 4th, 2012 by K-Berens in Cemeteries, Editorial, Memorial Sites Comments Off
The Town of Aurora, Ontario is a quiet, leafy bedroom community about 45 minutes north of Toronto, and as such it does not have much in common with the bustling metropolis of New York City, however there is a rather large, and widely unknown connection. The 1,250 foot tall Empire State Building is an American icon sitting in the heart of Manhattan, built between 1929 - 1931 and stood as the[...]
Posted October 26th, 2011 by P-Francone in Cemeteries, Editorial Comments Off
With large scale concerns such as global warming people are starting to realize that we must conserve our natural resources and do what we can to maintain nature in order to ensure there is a livable planet left for future generations. With these concerns in mind, there have been hundreds of scientists, meteorologists, designers and environmentalists working to develop new concepts that will solve[...]
Posted July 9th, 2012 by MSO in Cemeteries, Editorial, Trends Comments Off
The small Pennsylvania town of Evans City is home to the Evans City Cemetery. This cemetery has been immortalized in George A. Romero's 1968 classic zombie flick Night of the Living Dead. The cemetery chapel that's featured in the movie is still standing, but it's in bad shape. It could use some fixing up, or[...]
Posted March 2nd, 2012 by L-Johnson in Books and Media, News Comments Off
Many of the customs we find in traditional funerals today have their origins in practices started hundreds of years ago. For the most part, these traditions were initiated to keep the dead from coming back to life as many people believed in and feared these spirits. Some early cultures took drastic measures to eliminate their fear and keep their dead, dead. Saxons in England were known to cut off[...]
Posted May 6th, 2012 by MSO in Cemeteries, Editorial, The Afterlife, Trivia Comments Off