Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Jeffrey in Ottawa, Illinois. I feel very anxious around cemeteries. Is this normal?
A lot of people feel anxious around cemeteries, so yes that uneasy feeling in your stomach is definitely normal. The air is saturated with silence only to leave your mind wandering and questioning the unknown. Biologically, it’s normal for the human mind to feel fear as a response to anything that even somewhat threatens our survival.
Cemeteries typically symbolize death and a final resting place, so it’s no wonder that your body is feeling threatened. Additionally, all of those Hollywood movies haven’t helped to create any more of a peaceful mindset when in cemeteries, zombies, ghosts, spirits; come on, with all these thoughts, feeling anxious is inevitable.
In reality, however, it’s important to remind yourself that death is natural and it happens to everyone. Although it may seem easier to completely dismiss the thought of death, you may find that coming to terms with it helps. The people who are there are no longer in pain which is a positive thought.
Cemeteries and funerals should symbolize the completion of the life of a loved one, not sending thoughts of superstition and terror. If you find yourself purposely avoiding cemeteries, holding your breath going past them, turning the other direction when faced with one, or faking sick on the day of your grandmother’s funeral, then you may be experiencing symptoms of coimetrophobia.
If you feel that this fear is severely interfering with your life, then it’s important to speak to a doctor so that you’re able to receive treatment and live life without the constant anxiousness of the future. We’re here right now. Do your best to enjoy this time to its fullest potential and live in the present.