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4 Rules Governing Cemetery Preservation Activities

by Christopher King

Are you apprehensive that any cemetery preservation activities that you sanction may cause some irreparable harm to the features of the cemetery? Below are several rules that govern anything that cemetery restoration professionals do while preserving a cemetery.

Use the Gentlest Way Available

Cemetery preservation workers always try to avoid using intrusive techniques as they go about their work. They select the gentlest method because they are aware that some features of cemeteries, such as headstones, may have undergone so much wear that they can easily be irreversibly damaged if caution is not exercised while handling or repairing them.

It is common to find cemetery preservation workers taking a long time as they work on an aspect of a cemetery because they don't want to use a quicker method that can put the cemetery at risk of serious damage. You should therefore have no fears that the workers will cause more harm to the cemetery as they preserve it.

Repair Instead of Replacing Features

Cemeteries hold numerous treasures, such as the architectural trends of the time when each item in that cemetery was installed. Preservationists therefore give priority to repairing those features so that they can last longer instead of replacing them with modern features that can alter the unique character of the cemetery. In this way, the cemetery on your property will retain all its historic attributes after the preservation activities have ended.

Assumption of Unmarked Graves

Cemetery preservation workers always assume that every cemetery has unmarked graves in it. This mindset prompts those professionals to avoid doing anything that can disturb the ground, such as conducting excavations. In this way, the sanctity of the unmarked graves will not be compromised deliberately or accidentally.

Involvement of Professionals

Another guiding rule of cemetery restoration is the involvement of appropriate professionals in case the workers aren't certain about how to proceed with a given task. For example, they may consult a stone expert in case those workers have some doubts about how to clean a headstone whose stone type they were unable to determine. This involvement of experts ensures that only the appropriate measures will be taken to preserve each feature of the cemetery.

As such, cemetery restoration activities always follow rules that are geared at avoiding doing anything that will put the sentimental, historical, architectural and spiritual value of a cemetery at risk. Select experienced professionals for the preservation work and you will not have any regrets.

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