Cemetery Etiquette

As you travel to a cemetery consider these guidelines.

Thoughtful behavior ensures that the tranquility of the cemetery is preserved and that you’re showing the deepest respect to both the departed souls and their loved ones who come to visit.¬†

Abide by the Sanctuary’s Rules¬†
Upon entering the hallowed grounds, you’ll often find a set of guidelines posted near the welcome area. It’s important to adhere to these directives, including any specific instructions about decorations or flowers. These rules are there to maintain the dignity and beauty of this final resting place.¬†

Know the Rules 
The gates of most cemeteries are open with the soft light of dawn and close with dusk’s embrace. It’s wise to plan your visits within these times. Lingering after the sunset could inadvertently cause concern or lead to unnecessary complications.¬†

Drive with Caution 
As you navigate along the paths where memories lie, do so with a gentle hand on the wheel. Stay on the paved paths, respecting the grass and the stones that mark a life’s story. Should you encounter another, a kind gesture of slowing or moving aside provides consideration for others who are visiting.¬†

Cherish the Memorials 
The monuments and headstones you see are sacred markers of someone’s legacy. Refrain from touching or taking anything from these sites. These actions can harm the stones, which often carry the weight of years, and disrupt the tender offerings left by grieving families.¬†

Guide the Little Ones 
If children accompany you, hold their hands and guide them with love. Help them to understand the sanctity of this space, where we speak softly and move with reverence, reminding them that this is a place of remembrance, not of play. 

Speak Kindly 
Should you need to speak, let your words be a whisper on the wind, gentle and discreet. The language of comfort and respect is always preferred, especially in a place where others may be in the embrace of their own solemn reflections. 

Minimize Distractions 
In this era of constant connection, remember to silence your phone, allowing the peaceful sounds of nature to provide comfort. Keep the car stereo muted; let the quiet be a canvas for reflection and memories. 

Honor the Grieving 
When funeral services are being held, it’s essential to step aside and allow the procession of sorrow to pass unhindered. Capturing such intimate moments with a camera is not our place, as privacy is a precious gift we can offer in these tender times.¬†

Preserve the Cleanliness 
Carry away any trash you may have, just as you would treasure a keepsake. By doing so, you help to keep this sanctuary pristine, out of respect for both the visitors and the souls who find everlasting peace here. 

Mind Your Furry Companions 
Should you wish to bring a pet along for solace, first confirm it’s permitted. Keep them close to you, on a leash, so that the serenity of the cemetery is undisturbed.¬†

By keeping these gentle reminders close to your heart, you contribute to the serenity and sacredness of our loved ones’ final resting places. Your presence, when graced with these acts of kindness, becomes a soothing balm to the landscape of memory and legacy that cemeteries hold. Thank you for walking with care and love through these grounds.¬†

Contact Fitchett-Mann as we become like another family member willing to give you a hand to help and a shoulder to lean on. 

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