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Decoration Guidelines

These cemetery grounds are sacredly devoted to the memories of our loved ones, all visitors are asked to conduct themselves in a manner becoming a place so dedicated. Maplelawn encourages the use of decorations for loved ones. To ensure proper maintenance, safety, & care of the Cemetery we ask that you abide by the following rules.

During the Mowing Season:

  1. Artificial & Fresh arrangements are permitted year round.
  2. Arrangements must be in approved vase units or placed on top of the monument or memorial.
  3. Shepherd hooks are not allowed during mowing season, or during leaf clean up times. And then they must be placed at either end of the monument or memorial, not in front or behind for the purpose of access through the cemetery. These must be single hook type that can hang the arrangement over the monument or memorial.

EXCEPTIONS: All recent burials have a 30-day grace period for the purpose of facilitating the mourning process.

All other decorations: sprays, cones, wood objects, plastic, foam, & items on wire stands will be allowed as a temporary adornment, 1 week before to 1 week after the holidays, which are Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Fathers Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

No personal plantings will be allowed at any time.

No curbing, borders, mulching, lighting, or any decorating beyond # 1, 2, & 3 above will be allowed. The maintenance staff will remove any such improvements immediately.

The Cemetery reserves the right to remove any item placed that hinders maintenance or presents a danger to the staff or others. This could include, but is not limited to, any glass, porcelain, statuary, concrete, plastic, or similar substances that could break and be thrown by mowers or trimmers.

Every spring and fall the cemetery will publish an ad in the local paper indicating a date, usually mid March and November, when we will remove all decorations. We will use our best discretion concerning those that appear to be recently placed, but all “seasonal” items will be removed with a waiting period of about 4 weeks before they are discarded.

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