Graveyard-SuperstitionHold your breath!” my cousin demanded, hitting me on the shoulder to get my full attention.
“What?” I asked, a puzzled look on my face
“Just do it! We’re passing a cemetery.”
So I did.

The cemetery took up an entire block with a four way stop. My oxygen deprivation was making me a good candidate for early internment in the cemetery. As soon as the car finally passed the cemetery, we open our mouths and gasped for air.

“Why did we have to do that?” I asked.

“Because we were passing a cemetery! If you don’t hold your breath, the spirits will take it from you as you go by,” said my cousin, firmly believing what she had just told me.

Inside an eight-year-old brain, this made perfect sense and it stuck with me for years. I can remember holding my breath even at sixteen, not mentioning it to anyone in the car. It became more of a superstitious habit if anything. Thankfully, I’m a recovering cemetery breath holder and I can’t remember the last time I did that. With the amount of time I’ve spent in cemeteries, I’d be dead or have some form of brain damage. Did you grow up with graveyard superstitions? Write or comment below.


  • Placing a cross made of iron on a burial site will keep the spirit of the person in their grave.
  • Make sure windows and doors are open after a person died to ensure their spirit a speedy journey to the other side.
  • It’s been said, never to cry on a dead person because if the tears fall on them, it makes it harder for the spirit to leave this world.
  • If for some reason you ever find yourself needing to bury a body, bury them at a crossroads and their spirit won’t be able to leave.
  • Midnight on the day a person died has always been considered the best time to contact their spirit.
  • If you see a funeral procession go by, and for some reason count the cars, you’ve just counted the number of weeks you have left to live.
  • If you take too long to bury the dead, they will find someone to take with them.