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!