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          The most deeply rooted fear that mankind possesses is the fear of the unknown and nothing exemplifies the unknown better than death.  Though we have made advances in medicine and in science and can easily prevent or cure conditions (diseases and infections that perhaps caused the deaths of a few of the people in the graves in the photographs that you have just viewed) that would kill people just a few decades ago, death will inevitably come to each of us regardless of age, sex, race, religion, social status, or any of the other categories that we impose upon one another.  Despite the knowledge that we have gained of the mechanics of death and of the physical aspects involved, we still do not fully understand what happens when we die.  Though our society has graveyards, such as Haynie Chapel cemetery, in which we intern the physical remains of our loved ones after they die, the purpose of the graveyard is not to merely store the rotting shell of the dead, but to provide comfort and a sense of completion to those that survive.  In my visit to Haynie Chapel cemetery, I saw not only the graves of the people buried there, but the time and the effort put in by those that cared for them in decorating and adding all of those little personal, human touches to the graves I found there.  Perhaps in performing these acts, the survivors not only gained closure after their losses but also gained a deeper understanding and acceptance of their own mortality and a greater appreciation for their own lives. 
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