Respect the solemnity of the graves and graveside services with empathy for mourners and by keeping voices down. Please avoid active burial sites and gathered mourners. Stop and move to the edge of the road for funeral processions with cars and/or vans
Automobiles, bicycles, walking, and jogging are allowed. Walk, bike or drive slowly; bike only on paved roads.
During the day, there may be onsite heavy equipment usage, for either funeral services or maintenance. Be aware of employees operating machinery, as they may not know you are there.
With the exception of certified service animals, dogs (or pets of any kind) are not allowed on cemetery grounds.
Videography and photography are restricted to scenes of the landscape, nature and architectural designs. Out of respect, do not photograph graves of persons unknown to you that are less than 50 years old. Commercial uses or images for publication require a special use permit.
Do not enter or trespass on cemetery grounds when the cemetery is closed.
Placing flowers and remembrances
- All flowers and easels placed at any burial site must be removed within three weeks or when they become withered, faded or unsightly.
- All flowers placed on graves for Memorial Day must be removed within three weeks.
- Artificial flowers and plants are not permitted on graves between March 1 and Nov. 15, except for the three weeks of Memorial Day remembrance.
After these time spans, cemetery staff will remove objects placed at graves.
Do not leave mementos, photos, stuffed animals, vases, toys, lawn ornaments or lawn lights. They will be removed by cemetery staff.
When visiting, you are not allowed to:
- use tobacco – all Metro properties are tobacco-free
- bring or consume alcohol or illegal drugs
- use metal detection devices of any kind
- climb on trees, headstones, mausoleum crypts, niche walls or fences
- burn incense or candles
Not permitted in Metro cemeteries
- scattering of cremated remains
- repairs, restorations or improvements without prior Metro approval
- fences, walls, curbs or any other types of enclosures around a grave
- mementos or any other personal property placed on a grave
- planting trees, shrubs or other permanent plants on graves or borders
- picking or cutting any foliage or plant
- removal of any monument or memorial