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If you watch by the gate at midnight on All Hallows Night to see who will die within the coming year you are in danger of being the first comer yourself and you will become the “Churchyard Walker” and the guardian of the graveyard until another foolhardy and impious person disturbs the Service of the Dead. –Remains of Gentilism and Judaism by John Aubrey

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who watches at the gate on All Hallows Night and becomes a Churchyard Walker..

Journaling Prompt: Write about a superstition that you have or have heard of regarding graveyards and how you feel about it.

Art Prompt: Watching by the Gate

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about superstitions surrounding graveyards.

Photo Credit: Des D. Mona on Flickr

In the 14th century, the Black Death wreaked havoc in Europe. More than a third of the population died during the epidemic. This tiny island close to the Lido is reputedly haunted by the souls of thousands of exiled plague victims who were supposedly buried here.

As in many other places, the official record is somewhat different. Contrary to legend, there is no evidence that the island is home to a secret cemetery containing 160,000 bodies. But that doesn’t stop the story from continuing to be told. –Cursed: Take A Journey to the Scary Side of Geography by Simon Worrall

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story based in Lido during the time of the Black Death.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the scariest place you’ve ever been.

Art Prompt: Graveyard

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about the Black Death and its affect on Europe.

Photo Credit: Jes on Flickr

One of the grave stones.

There is an air of finality about a grave: one watches the earth thrown in, with the feeling that this is the end. Whatever has gone before, whatever is to come in eternity, that particular temple of the soul has been given back to the elements from which it came. –The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch: whose death haunts your character? How does this death affect their outlook and actions?

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe happens after death?

Art Prompt: The grave

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about how someone’s death changed the way you think about life.

Photo Credit: Wendel Fisher on Flickr

St. John's Churchyard (reverse angle)

“There was a man dwelt by a churchyard.” Ali Smith, The Whole Story and Other Stories

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about graveyards?

Art Prompt: Next Door to a Graveyard

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about superstitions about graveyards.

Photo Credit: StrangeInterlude on Flickr

Cincinnati - Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum "Light after Death"

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by David Paul Ohmer.

sexton: A church official who looks after a church and its graveyard and may act as a gravedigger and bell-ringer.

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem about a church sexton.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an experience you’ve had in a graveyard.

Art Prompt: Sexton

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about a graveyard and the history contained within it.

Photo Credit: infomatique on Flickr