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Cemetery Etiquette

Cemetery Etiqutte:
Proper etiquette when attending cemeteries

What you need to know


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

Below we’ve compiled some cemetery etiquette tips to keep in mind.

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.

Paying Respect


At a service with an open casket, it's customary to show your respect by viewing the deceased and, if you wish, spending a few moments in silent prayer. The family may escort you to the casket, or you might approach on your own. Viewing the deceased is not mandatory, however, and you should do what is comfortable to you.

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.

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