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Visiting the Cemetery

When are you open?

All of our cemeteries are open during daylight hours, every day of the year. If the gates are closed, the cemetery is closed to visitors. Generally, we close the gates only when wind or weather create hazardous conditions on the grounds. We ask that you respect this when you visit.

How should visitors behave in the cemetery?

Cemeteries are sacred ground. We firmly believe these grounds should be beautiful and peaceful. This is out of respect for families visiting and grieving a loss. We need and deserve time and space for contemplation, uninterrupted by people or distractions.

A cemetery is neither a park nor a playground. Cemeteries hold the remains of people we knew and loved. They hold our past — the people who lived long before you were born. Our cemeteries may hold members of your family. There are heroes and villains buried here, famous people, unknown people, veterans, musicians, fishermen, steamfitters and teachers. There are elderly people resting here, and infants who lived only a day.

Each of these people had a life and a story. We believe their resting place should be treated with respect and dignity.

We ask that as you arrive at the cemetery, turn off the music in your car. Slow to 10 miles an hour. Turn down the loud ringtone. Take time out from the busy day.

We welcome your visit. Whether you came to say hello at the grave of a friend or family member, enjoy the peaceful calm, or researching the past — we’re glad you’re here.

On a practical note, if you are in the cemetery, and walking on the grass, then yes, you may be standing on someone’s grave. This is not a problem. In visiting any grave, you will probably need to pass over several others. You show your respect for them by behaving with dignity and respect, and just going on with your visit. We do ask that you not park on the grass. Leave your car completely on the paved road.

I saw something I am concerned about. What should I do?

Please call the office and we will be happy to help you. If you see something that presents an immediate threat to safety, please call 9-1-1 and then call our office.