Okay, this is a funny subject I know but I love cemeteries. I just love them. I find walking through them to be very comforting. I think I’ve written about this before. I love looking at the family plots of the very small country cemeteries. So many people died so very young back then and the stories in my head are like reading a book. So may babies died too. Wouldn’t it be neat if you really knew what happened back then?
So, when I saw this, this morning, I laughed my head off and then I thought, how cool. They’re called Living Headstones. It would take all the guess work out of looking around. This little handy thing will really help those who are tracing their roots and it’s also like a storybook waiting to unfold. They said it’s kind of like Facebook. It lists friends and family with a bar-code type thing and all you have to do is scan it with your phone.
But is this something you’d like? Would you like to know all this or do you just like to imagine? Do you like cemeteries? Do you think it’s a neat thing or not? Or, do you find it somewhat creepy?
I like cemetaries too. But I’m not sure I like the idea of being able to get info about the dead person without even knowing them. Seems I might want some things kept private. I guess it might depend on what all it discloses. Died of syphilis? Died in a prison brawl? Committed suicide? Some seedy info about family might be better kept private, too. I would have to know more in order to have an opinion on this.
I’m not crazy about cemetaries. I find them depressing rather than relaxing. I feel the people I have loved are not there, they are in my heart and mind as well as the hearts and minds of our families. To stand beside a grave brings (to me anyway) the person’s final days, which are usually sad to remember. I much prefer remembering and talking with family members the life we shared with those who have passed.
As for this technology, I can’t see myself going for it, but if someone’s interested in using it, what the heck. I can’t see anyone but family wondering about me after I’m gone anyway. It’s not like we’re rich or famous, and our hobbies are rather uninteresting and run of the mill.
Hmmm…this is interesting and if I had a phone with this technology, I might use it if I came across a headstone I was interested. I think there is something eerily beautiful about old small town cemeteries.
It does amaze me on the amount of babies died so long ago. It goes to show you how far science has come.
I used to like going through the cemetery and I prob. would of liked using this technology then.I did wonder about some of the people but it is family interested me most.I never go now,since the death of my parents I dont like going anymore,its just depressing.
I sure thought this would spark more interest. I feel like throwing in the towel on days like this.
Don’t get discouraged, Joy. You know how sometimes life takes over and it’s impossible for some of us to get to the internet. Since my family moved back computer time is pretty limited, with 3 adults checking our stuff, looking for jobs and filling out applications, etc.
Sometimes I end up responding to 2 days of posts at the same time. You ladies do an excellent job picking out content and questions for discussion. It’s some of my most enjoyable time of day, keep it up please! 🙂
Thank you Phyllis.
I LOVE THIS IDEA! I have bookmarked this page so I can come back to it later when I have more time. These two weeks are my busiest days of the entire.
Joy you should come to Charleston if you enjoy walking through old graveyards! Seriously, I haven’t done it often but we have walked through some of the old grave yards and some of them are VERY interesting. Old Civil War graves and such, old slave graves. Although slaves didn’t typically have head stones when there is some construction somewhere and they discover them they are typically moved and marked at that time.
If I am recalling this correctly, in elementary school one of our daughters went on a field trip to an old grave yard and they did “rubbings.”
The HUGUENOT CHURCH graveyard is one of the oldest in the country (or so the tour guides tell you).
I love cemeteries too, Joy, and for this exact reason, which you explained perfectly: “the stories in my head are like reading a book.”
Strangely, though, I never feel connected to my father or grandparents when I’m at their graves. Graveyards and cemeteries are full of stories for me, and I find them comforting just like you said, but the graves of my loved ones leave my cold.