Cemetery Etiquette

When visiting a cemetery, these tips will help you enjoy a peaceful experience.


Follow the Rules

Most cemeteries have a sign posted near the entrance listing rules specific to the property. Follow the rules and observe any floral regulations they might have set. Make sure to follow and obey the cemetery hours.


Respect the Grave

Don't touch any monuments or headstones; this is not only disrespectful but may cause damage to the memorials — especially older ones. Never remove anything from a gravestone, such as flowers, coins, or tributes that have been left by a family.


Be Respectful of Services & Other Mourners

If a funeral is occurring, take care not to get in the way of processions. Respect their privacy and give them their space.


Speak Softly & Politely

Be respectful to other mourners. Remember to keep your voice down when having conversations. Make sure your phone is muted or turned off.


Look After Your Children

If you bring children, make sure to keep a close eye on them and keep them from running, yelling, and playing or climbing on graves and monuments.


Don't Leave Trash Behind

Use designated receptacles if they are provided, otherwise hang onto your trash and take it with you when you leave.


Avoid Provoking the Wildlife

The geese, ducks and other inhabitants of the cemetery grounds are typically quite docile, however, we ask that you avoid approaching them, especially when they are guarding their offspring, as they may become aggressive.

There are many fish that call the pond home, but there are also some extremely unsafe SNAPPING TURTLES! We strongly urge you to refrain from stepping in the pond or attempting to hand-feed any of the occupants of the pond.

*For further questions, please contact a member of our staff.