Well, what do you do when you can’t sleep at night……I know….write a blog entry…..
A friend of mine asked me the other day if cemeteries were haunted. What was the correct answer to that one? In the strictest sense of the word “haunted” means “frequented by ghosts; inhabited by or visited by ghost or other supposed supernatural beings.” What a cop out for a definition! That definition could apply to everywhere on the planet, not just cemeteries. Especially if you use the “visited” part.
When most people think of “haunted” they think of “scary.” In that sense of using haunted, I would have to say no. However, we investigators are not most people are we? I have read and heard both answers (yes and no) from fellow investigators. Some think there would be no reason for a spirit to hang out where they were buried and in a way, I agree with that.
Most spirits inhabit or stay in a place that is familiar to them, close to an article or person they hold dear, or where they met a tragic fate. I would venture to say the majority of us think that way. I do not personally know anyone who died in a cemetery, not that it probably has not happened, but I have not heard of it. A ghost would have had to spend an awful lot of time hanging out in a cemetery in life to be familiar enough to stick around in death. Unless of course they were paranormal investigators. Most of us get pretty familiar with all the cemeteries around us. Moreover, I have to say that if I was murdered in a cemetery, I would go haunt the person who did it, not sit on my head stone wondering what happened.
I personally believe that spirits can be transitory, meaning they move from place to place. Some, I believe “pass through” cemeteries even if they were not buried there. Some may come back to make sure their grave and stone are being taken care of properly. And some I think just pass through every once in a while. However, I do not believe that they necessarily stick around for any extended period. Once again – “My Opinion”.
So are there spirits in cemeteries? Most definitely there are. Does that make them “haunted”? No, I do not think so. If it did, investigators would be climbing all over each other every night. You could spend weeks in a cemetery and not pick up a single piece of evidence, or you could go one time and have a ton of it.
So back to my friend’s question, are cemeteries haunted? I told him no they are not haunted but there can be ghosts there. Then I had to explain all of the things I said above because he was looking at me like I was a crazy person and with that look in his eyes of “Why did I bother asking him?” Once I explained it, I think he understood where I was coming from. Do You??????
As paranormal investigators, we seek the truth. We look for answers to age-old questions about what happens after death. We do not, or at least are not supposed to, give answers strictly based on what someone wants to hear. My definition of “haunted” may be different than yours, but just because a spirit is present does not say “Haunted”. Spirits are everywhere. They are in parks, malls, on the street, in buildings and homes, etc. So I guess to fit the definition I gave in the beginning, the whole world is “haunted” not just cemeteries or specific locations.
Oh, and by the way, thanks for listening to this crazy person.