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 graves to visit a loved one. 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 on the grounds is generally not allowed, unless it's a special event arranged with or by Lakewood.

  • 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 on-duty 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.

  • Do not pick flowers or remove plants, shrubs or trees.

Driving, Biking, and Parking in the Cemetery
  • Bicycle riding is not allowed in the cemetery. 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, but 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.

  • Photography for personal or private use is allowed without advance approval.

  • Commercial or professional photography or videography is allowed only with cemetery approval prior to taking photographs or filming.  All photography and videography requests should be submitted to the Lakewood Cemetery office for review at least three (3) days in advance of the requested shoot date.

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Elk Monument

Brotherhood of Paternal Order of Elks – bronze elk statue commissioned in 1900