Cemetery Etiquette

When visiting a cemetery, there are a number of basic rules you should keep in mind in order to show respect to both the living and the dead. These tips will help make sure that you and your fellow visitors keep you out of trouble and make sure you and your fellow visitors enjoy a courteous, peaceful experience.

Follow the Rules

Mount Vernon Cemetery has a sign posted near the entrance listing rules specific to the property. Follow the rules and observe any floral regulations that have been set.


Obey the Hours

Mount Vernon Cemetery, along with most cemeteries, are open from dawn until dusk. Try not to remain in the cemetery after dark.


Drive with Care

Make sure to follow the roadways. Drive slowly, and watch out for people who might not be paying attention. If the lane is narrow and another car approaches, offer to move your car until the other driver can get through.


Respect the Graves

Never remove anything from a gravestone, such as flowers, coins, or tributes that have been left by a family.


Look After Your Children

If you bring children, make sure to keep a close eye on them and keep them from running, yelling, and playing or climbing on graves and monuments. Teach them to act in a respectful and considerate manner.


Speak Softly & Politely

Be respectful to other mourners. Voices tend to carry in open spaces.


Lower the Volume

If you choose to bring it with you, take a moment to ensure that your cellphone is turned off. Avoid having phone conversations, as voices tend to carry in open spaces. Make sure to turn off your car stereo while driving or parking in the cemetery.


Be Respectful of Services and Other Mourners

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 gravesite; it is extremely disrespectful to them in their time of grief. Respect their privacy and give them their space.


Don't Leave Trash Behind

Litter creates extra work for the caretakers and is disrespectful to both other visitors and those who are buried there. Use designated receptacles, if they are provided, or hang onto your trash and take it with you when you leave. Remember to recycle. 


Leash Your Pets

Some cemeteries allow pets on their grounds. Before you bring your pet along, check to make sure it's not against the rules, and keep them on a leash at all times. It also is a good idea to bring bags with you to pick up after your pet and dispose of any pet stool.

Kern Funeral Home, 1122 South Third Street, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273 - (360) 336-2153
Mount Vernon Cemetery, 1200 East Fir Street, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273 - (360) 336-6845

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