Grief Tourism

Travel to areas affected by natural disasters, places where people were murdered, etc.

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The Transition of Angola From Plantation Slavery to Prison Confinement

14th August 2012

We hear and read about the misery and grief within maximum security prisons in other countries and often find it hard to believe that such torture, abuse, and inhumane living conditions really do exist. Yet, we don’t have to look too far or explore the rest of the world to realize that the U.S. has […]

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Gettysburg National Military Park – Preservation of Sacred Ground

3rd June 2012

The Gettysburg battlefields had little significance as a tourist attraction, visited primarily by relatives of the Union soldiers, until Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in November 1863 and the dedication of the National Soldiers Cemetery honoring the Union. It took seven more years to bring the Confederate soldiers killed on the battlefield to the Cemetery. Tourists began […]

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Arlington National Cemetery tourist attractions and burials

28th May 2007

Arlington National Cemetery is a good example of a popular tourist attraction that can be called grief tourism. It’s certainly a place where people go to feel grief, from the Tomb of the Unknowns to diffrent monuments and memorials to actual funeral ceremonies. I’d like to share a few posts from a football message board regarding Memorial […]

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New York City’s Hart Island: ghost town, military base, cemetery

17th May 2007

This is an interesting story (with photos) of a tour on June 15, 2000. The site toured was Hart Island and the tour was provided by the New York Correction History Society. Hart Island is said to be a ghost town with an abandoned church, asylum, and military base. The military base has Nike missile silos left […]

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Grief tourism in Chicago: even sports tourists can’t escape

1st May 2007

Here’s an interesting blog entry on ghost hunting in Chicago. You often see these kinds of articles on sites dedicated to ghost hunting, but this seems to be a site for fairly mainstream sports tourists like people who want to see a baseball game at Wrigley Field or go to a museum. Then again, we see […]

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Kayak.com featuring assassination-related tourist spots

16th March 2007

A recent Kayak.com blog entry featured places that pay homage to figures whose lives were cut short by an assassin’s hand. Sounds like grief tourism to me and some of the destinations are featured on grief-tourism.com. You’ve got Rome, where Caesar was assassinated. You’ve got Dallas where there’s a famous grassy knoll on the north side of […]

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Farewell to Ronald Reagan

19th August 2006

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th president of the U.S., died in Santa Monica, California, on June 5, 2004, at the age of 93.  For many of us, Reagan had been gone for over 10 years, a slow fading away in the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  Perhaps, as his memory began to fail, we too chose […]

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Gettysburg – The Sacred Ground

15th July 2006

Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania, the scene of the largest conflict ever fought in the Western Hemisphere, is considered by many to be the final turning point of the Civil War.  For three days, the brave armies of the North and South fought against each other, each equally strong in their beliefs, and each reluctant to […]

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Alcatraz – The Darkness Within

10th July 2006

Alacatraz prison, officially closed in 1963, sits on an island of 22 acres, surrounded by freezing waters and rapid currents.  Juan Manuel de Ayala, who gave it the name of La Isla de las Alcatreces, “the Island of the Pelicans,” discovered the island in 1775.  In 1850, Alcatraz, better known as “the Rock,” was established […]

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Ground Zero – Tragedy, Terror, and Grief Tourism

3rd July 2006

We watched in disbelief and horror the tragedy unfold on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Never before had the peace and security of the United States been threatened with such evil and disaster. This was to be no ordinary day for any of us and tragically, for some, it would be the last day of their […]

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