As the adopted only child of older parents (how badly was *I* spoiled?!), I've been going to funerals since I was seven years old. Consequently, I have no fear of the dead or cemeteries. In fact, I find cemeteries to be peaceful, historic places, and I enjoy reading inscriptions (the older, the better). I've love photographing graveyards and am glad to be a part of the Find-a-Grave community.
"Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness, the tender mercies of its people, their loyalty to high ideals, and their regard for the laws of the land."
- Eighteenth-century British statesman William Gladstone