There are specific rules of etiquette in place to respect both the living and the dead while in a cemetery. While the rules will vary from cemetery to cemetery, following these basic recommendations from Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park should ensure you have a serene experience during your next visit to a cemetery in Medford, Oregon.
Most cemeteries are open from dawn to dusk to give you plenty of time to visit your loved one’s resting place. However, attempting to visit the cemetery after dark is considered trespassing and can result in consequences from the local police department. Cemeteries aren’t open after dark for safety reasons. It’s harder to see at night, and cemetery lanes are often narrow. Always be sure to drive through them slowly and be on the lookout for others who may be distraught and not paying attention to where they are going.
Bringing flowers and other decorative items to your loved one’s grave is encouraged, although there may be certain cemetery restrictions regarding these. The cemetery’s caretaker is tasked with keeping the cemetery grounds well-maintained. Sometimes extra decorative items lying about on the grounds interferes with him or her being able to properly perform their work. A quick visit to the cemetery’s office or website should tell you everything you need to know about cemetery maintenance and what you can do to keep up the pristine appearance of your loved one’s grave and the rest of the grounds.
Always be respectful of grave headstones, monuments, and memorials. If you bring any small children with you to the cemetery, be sure to keep a close watch on them to ensure they also have respect for the graves of others. If you bring pets with you to the cemetery, be sure they’re on a leash and be sure to clean up after them.
Try to keep your voice down when having discussions in a cemetery and avoid using foul language if small children are present. You do not want to disturb other mourners around you, especially if there is a funeral service close by. If you have a cellphone with you, try to put it on silent mode. When driving through a cemetery, try to keep the volume down on your car stereo out of respect for others, both living and resting. If there is a funeral, try not to get in the way of the procession or the mourners.
Do you have additional questions or concerns about cemetery etiquette? Contact Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park any time for assistance. You may visit our funeral home in Medford, Oregon in person, give us a call, or shoot us an email message at your convenience. Providing cemetery and funeral etiquette tips and bereavement counseling for families are what we’re here for in your time of need. Please let our staff know if there’s ever anything we can do to help you while you’re grieving!