Real Simple recommends a visit to the graveyard

The Crocker angel at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA

The July 2011 issue of Real Simple magazine contains an article about the mental and physical benefits of silence.  Its sidebar lists “Places Where It’s Still Quiet.” #5 on the list (after “obscure museums” and “special collection rooms in the library”) is “cemeteries”!

Real Simple advises:  “Consider them ‘memorial parks’ and they’ll seem less creepy.”  While I take issue with cemeteries being considered creepy — Have you actually visited a cemetery and enjoyed the sunshine and greenery? — I am glad that “mainstream” or “normal” people are being encouraged to go out and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Anything that gets people into these fragile spaces is a good thing.  The more people who visit cemeteries, the better cemeteries will be cared for.  People protect the things they love.

Thanks, Real Simple!

About Loren Rhoads

I am the author of the essay collection Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, co-author of the novel As Above, So Below, and editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. Scribner published my favorite essays from Morbid Curiosity magazine as Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues. In addition to blogging at CemeteryTravel.com, I blog about my morbid life at lorenrhoads.com.
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