Graveyards as green getaways

June 3, 2020, Words by Allison C Meier and photography by Jack Seikaly

Out-of-town cemeteries were originally designed partly to provide peaceful green spaces for city dwellers to seek rest and reflection. In response to the pandemic, many have extended their opening hours to accommodate increased numbers of visitors needing a tranquil place to walk and connect with nature.


As the world has gone into lockdown with the COVID-19 pandemic, many outdoor gathering spaces have closed due to social distancing measures, from botanic gardens to beaches. Open areas such as parks and hiking trails have subsequently become more crowded. Seeking some fresh air and nature, a growing number of people are visiting their local cemeteries.