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There are a few basic rules to keep in mind to make your visit

enjoyable and meaningful.


  • Follow the Rules and Obey the Hours

Most cemeteries have a sign posted with a list of rules.  Please observe them! 


  • Be Respectful 

If a funeral is occurring, take care not to get in the way of processions. Never take photos of strangers at a funeral or visiting a grave site; it is extremely disrespectful to them in their time of grief. Respect their privacy and give them their space.

  • Respect the Graves

Don't touch any monuments as it is disrespectful and may cause damage. Never remove anything from a grave, such as flowers, coins, or tributes that have been left by loved ones.

  • Drive With Care

Stay on the roadways and off the grass. Drive slowly and be alert for pedestrians and other drivers. If the lane is narrow and another car approaches, please be courteous.


  • Look After Your Children

I'm thankful my grandparents took me to the cemeteries to learn about ancestry at a very young age.  If you bring children, keep them from running, yelling, and playing or climbing on graves and monuments. Teach them to always be respectful and considerate.


  • Speak Softly & Politely

Be respectful to others.  Keep your voice down and avoid using bad language.  Place your cellphone on silent and step away from others if you must answer a call.


  • Don't Leave Trash Behind


  • Leash Your Pets & Clean Up After Them

Before you bring your pet along, make sure it's permissible. 


KEEP CALM - and visit, photograph, document, research and appreciate cemeteries! 

A couple good cemetery resources are Iowa Gravestones and FindAGrave.

Did you know...that in most cases, the wife is buried on the north side of the husband?  Legend has it that she could keep her husband warm from the cold north winter winds!

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