Many people feel uneasy about walking over graves, and some think it’s
disrespectful to do so. So what’s correct?
“People ask me all the time about that,” says Terry Miller, Calvary’s Caretaker.
According to Terry, it’s more about what’s happening in the cemetery at the time and who’s around.
“The cemetery staff has to walk on the sites all the time. Otherwise it’s be pretty tough to mow and do maintenance,” says Terry. “And really, it’s not going to bother the people buried there.”
Good cemetery etiquette, he says, is about respecting the other people on the grounds at the time, especially during funerals. Those are solemn occasions and the people attending them are often in grief.
Otherwise, people should feel free to enjoy visiting the grave sites of loved ones. Terry says having children run and play on the grounds during visits is perfectly fine, as long as they are not climbing on the monuments, defacing property or disturbing floral displays.
“People should absolutely stay off the monuments, especially children,” he said, explaining that nationally, one person a year on average dies in the United States from having a monument fall on them.
“So we do watch that pretty close,” he said.