Cemeteries offer a great deal to the communities they serve. Because they are the final resting place for loved ones, it’s important to know how to keep the grounds sacred at all times. This is especially true for those locations that have also become popular places for walking tours and for quiet moments in a solemn outdoor setting. Here are some tips provided by Melissa Mayntz, (Yahoo Contributor) that we find are quite helpful:
- Know the Rules: Observe hours of operation and note whether or not pets are allowed. Not sure? Ask at the front office.
- Shhh: Loud noises disrupt the solemn atmosphere of a cemetery, especially for those who have come to pay their respects and/or grieve the loss of loved ones. Lower your voice, keep dogs from barking incessantly and avoid playing loud music.
- Walk the Path: Stay on designated pathways and roads at all times and avoid walking directly on gravesites if at all possible. If it is necessary to go off the path, stay carefully between grave markers and walk behind the markers to avoid stepping on consecrated ground.
- Do Not Touch: Even simple touches can cause headstone deterioration and erosion that can discolor or damage stones, and older stones can become unstable and may tip or fall easily. Also, do not remove any items on graves, including stones, flowers, or mementos.
- Leave Nothing Behind: Do not litter in a cemetery. Use the trash cans available at entrances, exits, or at the office. Please clean up after pets.