The Cemetery Club is appreciating graves by touring and chronicling these plots of antiquity.
Take the mourning out of those who have passed away.
Fear not the dead.
Instead, let us celebrate graveyards as buried treasures with incredible tales to tell.
And, that’s exactly what the Cemetery Club in London, England is doing … exploring these 6-feet deep parcels of the past.
According to their website, “Burial grounds are like libraries – admittedly, libraries of the dead – beautiful spaces which are now cradles for nature, heritage and remarkable stories that time has faded from common knowledge.”
“Thousands, no – millions of people have ended their stories in these remarkable grounds and this blog seeks to highlight them and the places where their mortal remains shall lie forever.”
It’s known as Tombstone Tourism.
Just think about it:
All those visitors annually checking out grave sites such as: Bruce Lee’s grave in Seattle’s Lakeview Cemetery, Mark Twain’s eternal bed in Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, New York, Princess Diana’s resting spot at the Spencer-family estate, Althorp, in North Hampshire, Frank Sinatra’s everlasting home in Desert Memorial Park in Palm Springs and Oscar Wilde’s infinite palace at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
The list goes on and on and on…
There’s also incredible tales to tell with all these buried wealths of information.
Did you know that Frank Sinatra was apparently buried with a pack of Camel cigarettes and a bottle of Jack Daniels? Or, that Elvis Presley’s grave had to be moved to Graceland because grave robbers kept trying to steal his remains? What about, that Oscar Wilde’s tomb is covered with lipstick kisses?
You know what, maybe there really is something to this.
No longer will we just learn about people through books and historians, but rather by visiting someone firsthand, through a different point of view.
The Cemetery Club was founded in May 2013 and doesn’t look to die out anytime soon.
Whose grave would you like to visit?