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Etiquette when visiting Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit year round. It may feel like a park when you are visiting, but please remember that it is a sacred burial ground. We ask that you respect and follow our rules and regulations when visiting the cemetery.

Privacy and quiet
  • Please respect the privacy of people who are attending funerals or visiting family memorials.
  • Keep noise levels to a minimum.
  • Loitering is not allowed.
Visiting graves
  • Please visit during visiting hours, unless previously arranged with Lakewood.
  • Only fresh cut flowers and potted plants or wreaths may be placed at a grave, depending on the season. Please see our decoration policy for more information.
  • You may have to walk over other graves to visit a loved one’s grave. It is acceptable to do so, but please watch your step around gravestones, lawn vases, urns and sprinkler heads.
  • Please do not allow children to play or climb on monuments.
  • Picnicking and lying down on lawns or benches on the grounds are prohibited.
  • Children under 16 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please wear appropriate attire when visiting the cemetery. Shirt and shoes are required.
  • Pets are not allowed on the grounds or in the buildings, except for personal assistants.
Wildlife and plant life
  • Please do not feed or disturb birds, deer or other wildlife. Fishing, hunting or trapping wildlife is strictly prohibited in the cemetery.
  • It is unlawful to pick flowers or remove plants, shrubs or trees.
Driving, biking and parking in the cemetery
  • Bicycle riding is not allowed in the cemetery for safety reasons. We provide racks near the front gates for you to lock your bicycle while visiting.
  • Please drive your motor vehicle at a safe speed, not exceeding 20 miles per hour.
  • You may park along roads in the cemetery. Please do not park in front of an open interment site, unless you are part of the funeral procession.
  • Do not drive or park on the grass.
  • Please turn down your radio so that the sound cannot be heard outside the vehicle.
  • When parking on a hill or grade, turn your wheels safely into the curb, and be sure to set the parking brake.
  • All photography is prohibited, except at funerals, weddings and other private services.
  • No commercial or professional photography is allowed without the written consent of the Lakewood Cemetery Association.


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