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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Description of a sky burial

26th June 2012

If memory serves, our first post on this site was an article by Sharon Slayton about Thanatourism and sky burials in Tibet. Recently I came across a description of a sky burial by Chinese author, Ma Jian, as cited by Troy Parfitt in Why China Will Never Rule the World. Be warned – this is […]

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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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Islands of Salvation: Diable, Royale, and St. Joseph

15th October 2009

Three islands, Diable, Royale, and St. Joseph, are collectively known as the Iles du Salut, an obvious misnomer for islands that offered no salvation or rehabilitation for prisoners. Located about 6 miles off the northern coast of French Guiana in the Caribbean Sea, all three once housed infamous prison settlements. Established in 1852 by Emperor […]

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Drancy – The Tragedy, the Grief, & the Embarrassment

28th July 2009

We are all familiar with the Holocaust, known as the Shoah or the Hebrew word for calamity, and the unspeakable tragedies that occurred at concentration camps. Unfortunately, there were other places filled with sorrow and grief that served as temporary deportation stations; Drancy is one. The Jews had lived quietly and unobtrusively in Paris up […]

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Disaster at Sea – Wilhelm Gustloff

5th September 2008

Through the years, countless ships have been lost at sea, the Titanic being the most familiar and much later the Andrea Doria.  Yet, there were other lesser known, but even greater disasters that history would like to forget – the Wilhelm Gustloff is one. The ill-fated ship had the dubious honor of being named after […]

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Ghost tourism in Scotland

7th November 2007

Here’s an article describing some ghost tourism in Scotland. This is actually the 5th page of a mini-series but it talks about a haunted room in Drovers Inn (in Inverarnan). You can also download a podcast of an interview with the author from this page. You can find more on ghost hunting vacations here and here.

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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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Difficult definition: what is thanatourism?

1st April 2007

Thanatourism is a difficult word to define because it is rarely used. So when we do use it, what exactly do we mean? The most accepted scholar is probably A.V. Seaton. In his 1996 article, From Thanatopsis to Thanatourism: Guided by the Dark, Seaton argues that thanatourism is dependent on the traveller’s frame of mind. […]

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