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
Millionaire John Bowman of Cuttingsville, Virginia lost his two daughters at an early age and his wife a year after his last child's death. In 1880, he built a mausoleum across the road from his mansion, which he called Laurel Glen, to hold their remains. More than 125 sculptors and stonecutters worked for more than a year constructing the mausoleum and sculpting a life size statue of Bowman. He is[...]
Posted April 5th, 2012 by MSO in Cemeteries, Editorial Comments Off
Last week I took my son to Costco, and located next to our local Costco is a small, and charming cemetery. As I opened the door to my Yukon XL, that gets thirteen miles to the gallon, so that my son and I could go eat our Costco hotdogs; my son surprised me. He pointed to the cemetery and asked, ¨When are we going to go back there? Granted, it may only be the son of a mortuary veteran who ever[...]
Posted April 17th, 2012 by MSO in Editorial, Expert Advice - 2 Comments »
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[...]
There's a trend in the funeral industry and it starts with the roughly 76 million Baby Boomers who are approaching their retirements. It's a big wave, but the focus isn't simply on how they'll retire, but in planning ahead for the inevitable and this means choosing their final resting places ahead of time – a decision that will spare loved ones the need to make difficult decisions during a time[...]
Posted April 3rd, 2013 by M-Gillies in Editorial, My Body Comments Off
Boasting old-fashioned upright headstones, monuments and statues, this large cemetery with two huge indoor mausoleums and countless outdoor graves is the home to many of Hollywood's founders and stars. Like an iconic backdrop, the Hollywood sign can be seen in the distance, atop the Hollywood Hills. To the[...]
Posted October 17th, 2012 by M-Gillies in Cemeteries, Editorial Comments Off
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
Cited as the most famous necropolitan in the world, Cimetiere du Père-Lachaise has been called the most picturesque for all cultural connoisseurs and aficionados of mortuary architecture for its sublime Gothic presence. It's a sprawling metropolis of the dead with 118 acres that can only be navigated with the aid of a guidebook, map or one of the knowledgeable locals. For over 200 years, Cimetière[...]
Posted October 25th, 2012 by M-Gillies in Cemeteries, Editorial 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