Cemetery Walk


All things have a beginning and an end. We do too. But, without a “Use By” date stamped upon our hand, we tend to believe we have more time than we do. We don’t.

  • What do you want to do with your time?
  • Who do you want to become?
  • What do you want to create?

Have you started?

The purpose of this exercise is to bring a sense of urgency to our existence.

Step 1: Visit a Local Cemetery (20 minutes)

Walk quietly. Walk alone. Touch the headstones. Feel their texture. Listen to the sounds around you. Immerse yourself in your environment.

Step 2: Divide into Pairs (15 minutes)

Ask each pair to imagine the moment when they are on their deathbeds. Their families and friends have gathered around them. Having imagined this moment, ask each individual in the pair to answer the following questions:

  • What memories will they have of you?
  • What words will they associate with your name?
  • How would they describe your existence to others?

Step 3: Come back together as one Group (20 minutes)

Ask each pair to share one insight from their conversation together. As they share, listen and make sure they are answering the aforementioned question you have asked. If they use descriptors like “happy” and “successful” ask them how they define them. And, finally, ask them:

“If your fleeting existence comes to an end tomorrow, have you shared what you wanted to share with the world? Have you created what you wanted to create? Have you accomplished what you wanted to accomplish?”