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Cemetery Etiquette

Cemetery Etiquette

- Be sympathetic and respectful
Do not play loud music in cars, with the windows down, for everyone to hear. Please refrain from shouting and disrupting others.

- Keep children in ‘check.’
Refrain from running, yelling, or rolling around on the ground. This is not a place for childhood games. Do not allow children to play on or with any of the monuments. While it is good for children to learn to be respectful at a cemetery, they may not fully understand the meaning of everything in the cemetery. Spend time to teach them.

- Do your best to walk between graves.
Common sense leads you to know the basic shape of a grave; walk in between the headstones and try not to walk or stand on top of a burial place.

- Follow cemetery rules and regulations.
Signs regarding flowers, decorations, etc. are posted within the cemetery. They are also posted on our website. Obey these rules. Rules about decorations serve to make sure debris does not accumulate or litter the cemetery. Artificial flowers and other objects can blow in the wind. It would be especially nice if any trash along the way is picked up, regardless of who left it. The cemetery staff works hard to keep the natural beauty and landscaping in form for all to enjoy and that work should be respected.

- Do Not Litter.
This creates extra work for the caretakers and shows disrespect to the other families who come to mourn their loved ones. “Pack your trash” is a good rule of thumb: take your refuse with you when you go or put it in trash receptacles. Consider picking up any other debris you may encounter to do your part in keeping the cemetery in good shape.

- Pets.
Pets must be on a leash and under control at all times. Please be sure to clean up after them.

- Follow the roadways. Do Not drive on the grass.
Funeral processions have the right of way. Be respectful.
Be careful to avoid any people since they might be upset and not paying complete attention to where they are going. There is no reason to drive quickly through a cemetery, please take your time and be courteous.

- Respect the privacy of others.
Other visitors may want to be alone and people should not feel uncomfortable when visiting their loved ones resting place.

- Refrain from touching monuments or gravestones other than your own.
These are very meaningful to the families who placed them there. Some older memorials might very fragile.

- Photos
Refrain from taking photos of other people or other funerals unless you have permission first. This is a very private time for people. It is best to steer clear of any funerals taking place.