|F2. Cemetery Visit - General Information
Before going to the cemetery, spend some time on background information.
The students are given the following subjects that they are to research
and present to the class. This is usually done as a group or in pairs.
The students are taught some about telephone etiquette, since some of
this must be by phone.
Topics for Research
Epitaphs--The significance of, unusual ones famous ones.
The history of the Local Cemetery
Burial Customs -Local and other cultures.
Average cost of Funerals
Average life spans through the years and how it has changed.
Engravings on tombstones--etc. flowers, birds… what do they mean?
Mausoleums, history of, where and when they were used the most
Wars-Brief Description, years that they took place. (This is helpful
for finding evidence of people that died in wars from the Cemetery
How monuments are made, materials, methods, price.
Worksheet for Cemetery Visit
FOR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS YOU WILL NEED TO WRITE DOWN ALL THE
INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN TO IDENTIFY THE CORRECT ANSWERS.
List the different countries and cultures that are represented.
What evidence can you find of any of the following: epidemics, plagues,
How many wars can you find represented by graves?
What is the oldest tombstone that you can find?
What is the newest tombstone that you can find?
Find a tombstone with the same month and day (different year) as your
Find the name of some that is famous. An example. Mel Gibson is still
alive, but see if you can find another Mel Gibson that is buried.
Write down at least four epitaphs that you find interesting.
Pick out at least one tombstone that moved you somehow. Be sure you
write down all information about it, including the physical description
List all names that are real famous people that are buried here.
What indications can you find of the wealth or standard of living some
of the people buried here had.
Make at least three rubbings of tombstones that you find interesting.