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
The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor America's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. It was built by architect Henry Bacon, who gave the memorial 36 doric columns to represent the 36 states in union at the time of President Lincoln's death. There are two more columns in the entrance as well as a 19 foot statue of[...]
Posted March 16th, 2012 by MSO in Cemeteries, Memorial Sites Comments Off
Walk through any cemetery, old or new, in the world and you will find shells on tombstones or decorating the earth around them. Where did this practice come from? Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and fertility her counterpart, the Roman goddess Venus. The myths say she was born from sea foam and then reached the shores of the earth in a sea shell. The shell was regarded by pagans as a[...]
Posted October 2nd, 2013 by MSO in Cemeteries, Editorial 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[...]
The human race's myriad of cultures has always marked the burial sites of their dead, since prehistoric markings of rocks and sticks were discovered. It was during these primitive times that it was believed that heavy rocks could be used to prevent the deceased from ascending from their rest. However,  the use of grave markers and tombstones as an identifier for individual burial plots is still a[...]
Posted July 30th, 2012 by MSO in Cemeteries, Editorial Comments Off
Back in 2001, Transport Canada initiated Operation Yellow Ribbon in response to the 9/11 attacks on the US. With a goal of ensuring the potentially destructive air traffic be removed from U.S. airspace as quickly as possible, many flights were re-routed to the Halifax International Airport. For the residents of Halifax, an air of nostalgia floated through the city. It was during this time, nearly a[...]
Posted April 15th, 2012 by M-Gillies in Memorial Sites - 1 Comment »
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
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
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