Have you ever went to a cemetery and decided to browse the isles of tombstones just to see what you might find? If this sounds strange to you, it’s not all that uncommon for people to do- especially those who are interested in historical graves, finding old monuments, or searching for possible ancestors that lived long ago.
Inspired by a show on television regarding cemeteries, a woman from New Jersey decided one day to just go to her local cemetery which happened to only be a block from her home, and see what interesting things she might find.
She decided to go during the day when it’s “less creepy”, according to her, and browse the isles of tombstones to see what she may uncover. As she walked through the isles, she noticed that she didn’t get that feeling that so many ghost hunters report feeling- the eerie, haunting, scary sort of feeling. Instead, this woman felt the presence of many peaceful souls wandering about their graves as she passed by. She received a feeling of settled matters, like the ghosts of the people who had been buried there were happy with their lives and even happier wherever they were now.
The woman continued to walk, and she saw tombstones from people who had lived in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. She saw some stones had no dates on them, and it looked as though it was due to years and years of decay and weather-related damage that had erased what was written on them. She assumed that these tombstones were most likely even older than 1700.
One tombstone that she came upon during her visit to the cemetery was very interesting to her because of what it said on it. The stone read, ” Where you walk today, I once was. What you do today, I once did. And where I am lying now, you soon will be.”
The tombstone inscription had the woman thinking deeply after reading it. She had so many thoughts race through her mind. It was as if the dead were speaking to her. She felt a sense of wanting to live everyday as though it were her last, because she realized then and there that all lives eventually come to an end- and the end is as unpredictable as winning the lottery.
As she continued on, she saw many tombstones that had familiar last names upon them. She saw last names of people that struck memories within her, of those she had known, worked with, and spent time with over the years. This made her want to search for her own last name, and maiden name within the cemetery. As she continued on, she found more names that looked familiar, but she did not find her own last name or maiden name.
At the center of the cemetery was what appeared to be a very small one room house. Upon further investigation, she realized it was a small mausoleum. She noticed that the door was locked with an old-fashioned type of lock, probably from the 1800’s. She decided to look inside the windows of the mausoleum. As she looked inside, she saw various pictures of unfamiliar people, most likely family of the deceased. She saw unlit candles inside, on a table alongside the picture frames. She saw artificial flowers placed on the table, along with some other personal items belonging to the family. The woman figured that the deceased person was housed inside the mausoleum, but not within sight of the window.
The woman was intrigued by the history within the cemetery. So many graves, yet not enough time to pass by all of them. It was beginning to get dark, and the woman did not want her visit to the cemetery to be remembered as frightening or creepy, so she decided to head home.
When asked what she had learned from her visit, she remarked, “We have to live our lives as though tomorrow may be our last day. Some of these people who lived long ago may have thought they had more time to live, but died suddenly. Others may have wasted their lives not focusing on the important things. I am going to live my life more in the moment now, and try not to take things for granted.”