Cemetery etiquette

As with any community, there are some guidelines and expectations. Help us make the Cemetery a great place to visit for everyone.

When visiting the cemetery:

  • Be sympathetic and respectful.
    This is a very private time for people and some may wish to be alone. It's best to steer clear of any funerals occurring. We also ask that you keep the volume of voices and music down, and don’t use offensive language.

  • Keep children under supervision. 
    The cemetery is not a place running, yelling or rolling on the ground. Don't let them play on any of the monuments. While it is good to get children used to paying respects at a cemetery, they often don't fully understand the meaning of everything in the cemetery.

  • Avoid walking over the graves.
    Walk in between the headstones, and don’t stand on top of a burial place.

  • Follow cemetery rules.
    Rules about decorations serve to make sure the cemetery doesn't collect too much debris that the caretakers need to clean up. Flowers and other things can blow in the wind. It would be especially nice if any trash along the way was picked up, regardless of who left it.

  • Pack your trash.
    Litter creates extra work for the caretakers, and shows disrespect to the other families who come to mourn their loved ones. Please take your refuse with you when you go, or put it in trash receptacles.

  • Leash pets.
    Be sure to clean up after them too.

  • Don’t burn candles.
    And please don’t leave burning candles unattended. Not only do they pose a fire hazard but the melted wax can ruin the surrounding areas.

  • Follow the roadways.
    Drive slowly and obey any traffic signs posted in the cemetery. Be careful to avoid any people since they might be upset and not paying complete attention to where they are going.

  • Don't touch any monuments or gravestones.
    They are very meaningful to the families who placed them there. Some older memorials might be in disrepair and might fall apart under the slightest touch.