Most graves aren’t haunted. They’re simply tributes to a person’s life.
No spirit is there.
Sometimes, if you read the inscription on the memorial stone, you’ll discover that no body is there, either.
Nevertheless, cemeteries are among the best places for ghost hunting. Many cemeteries include at least one or two very haunted graves.
That’s all you need, to develop your research techniques.
In my book, Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries – A How-To Guide, I explain how to find the best cemeteries for investigations.
You’ll also learn which graves are most likely to have ghostly energy.
Here are a few tips.
Choose 19th Century Graves
Though I can’t summarize the entire book here, the age of a cemetery (and the graves in it) seems to make a difference.
I prefer to research at cemeteries with many graves from the 19th century or earlier.
Graves from the mid-20th century to the present seem to be less haunted.
Despite that, when police officers tell me about haunted graves, they’re almost always from that more recent time period.
I have no idea why. It may be a simple perception difference.
Consider After-Death Expectations
Today, I think most people die with an understanding that something different and better will happen next. And, for them, “crossing over” isn’t a big issue.
When people die with very specific expectations, some of them won’t leave the gravesite until that happens.
They might be waiting for St. Peter to escort them to pearly gates. They may expect a particular kind of angel to arrive to guide them to Heaven. They could expect a river to appear, and a silent boatman to guide them to “the other side.”
It all depends on the person’s spiritual context, and how sincerely (or stubbornly) they hold onto specific expectations. In the 19th century and earlier, many people held rigid religious beliefs. That may be one reason why those older graves are richer for ghost investigations.
The “Go to the light!” approach has become a cliche in some circles.
However, according to some psychics, if you say “go toward the light” to an unhappy spirit, they often respond with, “Oh! The light…? I do see a light. Okay, thank you!”
Maybe that’s all we needed to do, to be helpful with that spirit.
Note: In most cases, talk to ghosts as if they’re alive. Just speak a little louder than you would to someone standing next to you. But, now and then, a whisper or even telepathic communication may be enough.
Other Haunted Places
It’s true that some spirits never reach the grave. They may be waiting for something at the location where they died. Some get as far as the cemetery gates and won’t go in.
Others wait at places they enjoyed during their lives, or at the location they would have gone to next, if they were still alive.
In Scotland, I once encountered a ghost who had died, and his spirit had continued to the location of his next appointment.
Of course, the associate heard of the death and never showed up, but the spirit was determined to wait until he did. (Or maybe I just witnessed a time slip?)
Frankly, we don’t know enough about ghosts to understand why they haunt some places and not others.
We also don’t know enough about how we perceive ghosts, to understand why some people sense more ghosts at cemeteries (or battlefields, or houses where tragedy occurred), and others don’t.
This can be a fascinating study, and if you have ideas or suggestions, I hope you’ll leave comments, below.
Note: If you’re searching online for specific haunted cemeteries, don’t just spell the word cemetery. Use alternate spellings like cematary or cematery.
At this site, you’ll find dozens of articles about ghost hunting in haunted cemeteries. Read them all (and perhaps my book, as well) before expanding your search.