Sct Hans Psychiatric Hospitals cemetery for patients from 1800 to 1900’s.
Today the hospital is a modern psychiatric hospital with around 180 patients but going back to the early 1800’s this was one of the biggest mental asylums in northern Europe. Today I went on a guided tour through the cemetery where not only certain doctors are buried but also a huge number of previous patients. Back then patients remained admitted for years and years (the record is 60 years according to a previous doctor), so the hospital had become their home and their “family”. These gravestones are made by the “asylum” as the patients often had no relatives to pay for it – or even to attend their funeral, which was sometimes only attended by the asylum priest and a nurse. It really hit me, thinking of all these people and looking at those old and unkept graveyards. There is loneliness and then there is this kind of loneliness.