For many families, visiting a cemetery is something that happens regularly. If you have lost loved ones who are laid to rest, it can often be therapeutic to start a tradition of visiting on birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates that mean something to you personally.
Of course, the communal nature of a large cemetery means that your family member or loved one is not the only person laying at rest nearby, and that means that there are some rules of etiquette that are nice to follow in order to ensure everyone is being respectful as possible at all times.
With that in mind, the team here at A Gentle Touch Funerals have some advice for when it comes to visiting Gold Coast cemeteries.
Stick To The Paths
Be respectful when walking around a cemetery to get to the grave of your loved one.
Remember that cutting over certain areas in a large group for a shortcut means that you are walking over the graves. Treat those areas in the same way that you would want other people to treat your loved one’s area.
Bring A Flashlight
If you are visiting in the evening, remember to bring some kind of flashlight with you in case you need to navigate back to the entrance in the dark.
There is little lighting in a cemetery and understandably a lot of obstacles that you could bump into if you stray from the pathways.
Be Mindful of Others
Visiting a grave doesn’t always have to be a sombre occasion, but out of respect for other visitors around you, try not to be too loud on your visit.
You might be celebrating something, but others might still be in recent mourning so it is best to be mindful of this.
By all means, feel free to personalise and organise your loved one’s area as much as you wish, but do not touch the stones or belongings of any grave sites around you.
Feel free to get in touch with A Gentle Touch Funerals where one of our trained and experienced team members will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about Gold Coast cemeteries or any of our other services. We look forward to being able to help you.