Hello, my name is Nicole Gattinger and I’m the author of My Grave Addiction at http://www.mygraveaddiction.com/ a blog devoted to my adoration of cemeteries. I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself and why I write about cemeteries.
My childhood home is located across from Hillview Cemetery in Woodstock, Ontario; spending time exploring this cemetery was apart of everyday life. As a child living adjacent to a cemetery opened my eyes to mortality and the importance of memorial. I realized that these places were for the living, that visitors would come to find comfort in remembering what once was and tend the graves of those who will never be again.
What began as a child’s curiosity has now since flourished into a lifelong passion. I’ve taken thousands of cemetery photographs and my collection continues to grow. Recently wondering “what am I going to do with all these?” it dawned on me to begin My Grave Addiction and write about the cemeteries I’ve been to.
It’s wonderful researching and learning about these places and those who have taken up residence in them. Cemeteries are like people, no two are a like and they’re full of stories and memories. They are outdoor museums that need to be preserved, restored and cherished. By sharing my findings I feel as though I’m helping to preserve a part of history.
Many of my posts pertain to cemeteries located in Southwestern, Ontario but as a cemetery addict I cover all sorts of categories on My Grave Addiction such as genealogy, preservation/restoration, gravestone symbolism, epitaphs and their origins, mourning customs, tips on exploring/locating cemeteries and much more.
It may take a bit of digging -not literally- but every stone has a story.