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
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[...]
The people of Greece are mostly Christian, with many following the Greek Orthodox tradition in particular. In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the funeral is usually held within two to three days and sometimes up to a week but may not be scheduled on Sunday or Holy Saturday. The body may be embalmed, but cremation is frowned upon and the church may refuse to perform a service. Sometimes, services[...]
Posted July 13th, 2011 by J-Touchette in Cemeteries, Religion & Culture Comments Off
"If we are born of water, so shall I return. Surround me with nature's beauty, not in her darkest tomb." ~ Author Unknown There are three statues in the world that were all cast from the same mold, two of which are located under the waters of the seas. They are among the world's most popular locations for divers and snorkelers and have also become known as the world's most chosen sites for a[...]
Posted November 23rd, 2011 by MSO in Editorial, Memorial Sites, My Body Comments Off
There are many grave sites that are out of place today. Instead of moving them, some places simply choose to build around them and keep the grave and grave marker intact. While it may be an annoyance to some, most people just enjoy it as a quirk. The plots you have to drive around are not solely single headstones - you'll find mausoleums and even full-blown cemeteries in small plots of grass in[...]
Posted August 9th, 2014 by K-Berens in Cemeteries, Editorial, Memorial Sites - 1 Comment »
The discovery of a gladiator graveyard has led to a look back in time to how gladiators lived, fought, and died. The graveyard was found in Ephesus, Turkey, which used to be a major city in ancient civilizations. Like our sport heroes today, gladiators were celebrated in a number of ways. They were featured on oil lamps, mosaics and graffiti art. The graveyard possesses the answers to unsolved[...]
Posted December 13th, 2014 by T-Knox in Editorial, Memorial Sites Comments Off
Whether it be Portugal, Norway, Brazil, Japan, Czech Republic or the Philippines, every country and every city has a local legend. Whether it be the Japanese Yurei, the medieval legend of the White Lady or a folktale as popular as Resurrection Mary, these legends have long survived their years as iconic legends and have grown to become part of a cities history, including the tale of the Girl in[...]
Originally built for his wife, Hunt's tomb is the final resting place of Governor George W.P. Hunt, his wife, his daughter and his wife's family. Located in Papago Park, a municipal park in Phoenix, Arizona, this unique tomb can be seen from any point in the park. Sitting on top of a large hill, the tomb takes the shape of a white pyramid. Hunt was the successful first governor of Arizona, in[...]
Posted March 1st, 2012 by K-Berens in Cemeteries, Editorial, Memorial Sites, Strange Comments Off
Toppled, over-crowded, and crumbling are the wildly scattered tombstones in one of Europe’s oldest Jewish cemeteries. The Old Jewish Cemetery, in the Jewish Quarter, Prague, was established in the 15th century. The cemetery is called “Beth Chaim” or House of Life and is the second oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe (the oldest is in Worms, Germany). Along with the Old-New Synagogue, it is[...]
Posted June 27th, 2012 by K-Dean in Cemeteries, Editorial Comments Off