You may have notice that I talk a lot about respect for grave artists, for the dearly departed, for other people, for the graveyard, for a lot of things. There’s a certain etiquette to walking around graveyards, and it’s an etiquette to be followed no matter the graveyard. Religious, non-religious, new, old, bustling, empty, there are certain things you should and shouldn’t do just out of natural human decency.
Let’s talk about this, shall we?
I assume that there have been enough articles since it launched that people now know playing Pokémon Go in graveyards is something they shouldn’t do. I mean, come on. Even a Metapod has better things to do than sit around next to a preserved body waiting for you to come and find it. Especially since most graveyards are—I don’t want to say active, but it feels like it’s the right word—active, as in people are still being buried there, it’s a horrible idea to even try it. Just think about someone trying to let their loved one rest in peace and in the middle of all the tears and mourning, someone with their hat turned backwards starts screaming, “Gotta catch ‘em all!!!” Not something that people want to happen.
Why would you ever smoke in a graveyard? I mean, yeah, if you’re fifteen and you think you’re cool and mysterious and brooding, I understand the thought process. I mean, I assume that’s what they’re going for? I never really understood the draw to smoke in a graveyard, especially at night because I’m pretty sure that’s the start to ten different horror films…I digress. Regardless of whether or not you’re trying to seem mysterious and brooding or whatever, you shouldn’t smoke in a graveyard. I can hear the arguments already, “It’s not like I’m going to kill anyone.” No, but you’ll probably leave your butts on the ground, and litter is gross and why would you do that to someone? And I know. I know that at least once you have put your cigarette out on someone’s grave. Why would you do that? Why would you do that to someone? That’s all I have. Why? Just why?
Don’t smoke in graveyards in summation.
It’s cool to learn how to drive in graveyards. Some of them have really complex road systems, it teaches you how to drive in less than perfect conditions, and there aren’t too many cars around, but it gives you far better practice than just driving around an empty parking lot. Don’t knock things over though. And if you do, you know, tell someone. I’ve seen so many knocked over stones that have obviously been the result of a rogue vehicle: it’s disheartening.
Just remember: even though, they’re dead they’re still people. And do try to let them rest in peace.