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Cemetery Etiquette January 7, 2020

Visiting a cemetery where your loved one are buried is one of the many ways to honor and pay your respects to those who are no longer with us. This is an opportunity to remember all the good times with had with them and to reflect on our own lives. When visiting a cemetery, we need to remember that it is a sacred place, one with written and unwritten rules and regulations we need to follow. Most cemeteries have a sign posted near the entrance listing rules specific to the property. Most cemeteries have websites where their rules are listed along with the hours of operation. If the cemetery does not offer this type of information on the website or does not have one, you can always call them ahead of time to make sure your visit goes well.

Some of the rules and regulations include the hours and days you can visit, the type of items you can bring or not and parking. It is important to remember that this is a solemn time for yourself, your friends, family and for other people around. Please act with kindness and respect, drive carefully, don`t be loud, respect their privacy of your neighbors and give them their space. Make sure your cell phone ringer is turned down and make an effort not to make or take phone calls as this might be disruptive. If you have a picnic or lunch at your loved one’s gravesite, please clean up after yourself. Most cemeteries have trashcans every so many feet and are easily accessible so do your part to keep your loved ones’ final resting place in pristine condition.