Outdoor Cemetery Conditions: The Association uses its best efforts to maintain
each cemetery in a safe and hazard free manner. There are many natural outdoor
conditions and conditions inherent to a cemetery over which the Association has
no control. The Association is not responsible for any and all personal
injuries, including bodily injury, attributed to, but not limited to, the
- Natural outdoor conditions found in any open grassy area, any forested area or
any area surrounding trees planted by the cemetery i.e. exposed roots.
- The ground conditions created by the settling of graves, general ground
maintenance and the placement of personal property on graves for
- The ground conditions that are created by the different forms of precipitation
common to northeast Ohio, all of which create a variety of conditions on
cemetery grounds, requiring visitors to use caution when walking the cemetery
- Rain and/or melting snow may make the cemetery grounds wet and soft making it
possible to sink when walking the grounds. The possibility of sinking is
increased when stepping on a new grave that is saturated with water.
- Ground which has been disturbed due to a recent interment or other ground work
will settle creating a depression in the ground and making for uneven terrain.
Visitors walking the grounds must walk with care to avoid stepping into such
- Soft ground exists wherever there has been a recent interment in the ground or
other work performed that has disturbed the ground. Soft ground is often the
direct result of the cemetery carrying out its normal course of operations. The
ground is disturbed in order to complete the interment of a deceased person or
to perform some other work below the surface, then the loose dirt is placed back
into the void. When the disturbed ground becomes wet due to precipitation or
other factors i.e. watering grass seed, it becomes muddy and may not support a
person's weight. It may also settle, creating a depression in the ground. A
person stepping on the disturbed ground may sink.
- Flush markers are generally polished slabs of granite set at ground level.
Polished surfaces are usually slippery, and are more slippery when wet. Any
precipitation or moisture, including watering the places of interment, will
cause the flush markers to become wet and slippery. Frozen precipitation or
moisture whether in the form of snow, ice or frost will cause the flush markers
to become slippery.