There’s almost something instinctual about fearing cemeteries. As a child it’s because of superficial things like horror movies and scary stories, but as an adult it’s about something deeper – our own inevitable fate…our own mortality.
When we look at a graveyard and are uneasy, is it because we have so much we want to do with our lives, but do not know if we can achieve it all? Perhaps, it’s the quiet panic we feel with the uncertainty of what death brings or maybe it’s because someone has left us behind with a tender loneliness as they embarked on their journey into the unknown… or simply is it the despair of eventually being forgotten.
Graveyards are full of people who were loved…who are loved. Each stone engraved with the name of a person just like us – someone who dreamed, experienced and struggled. Behind each stone is literally a story that changed the world and a person whose being born affected the lives of innumerable people.
So if a graveyard if full of people who are loved, what is there to fear? In a way its kind of comforting, looking and seeing the stones, all laid with care and knowing that each at one time, had invoked ardency in its onlookers.
There’s something beautiful about cemeteries. It’s their love. An atmosphere that at one point has brought sadness, but in time brings joy and thankfulness for having been blessed with fond memories of laughter and happiness.
So when you look at a gravestone covered in snow or a crooked wooden cross half engulfed by vines, fear not, but admire their beauty and feel the love that now surrounds you – both alive and from the unknown.