The Cemetery as a Community Institution

Date Published: 
September, 1940
Original Author: 
Russell Knapp
Manager, Roselawn Memorial Park, Monroe, Michigan
Original Publication: 
1940-1941 Cemetery Handbook & Buyers' Guide

Since the earliest history of man, the mystery we know as death has been an event in the life of the individual held in reverence and awe. Even in the most savage tribes of which we have knowledge, the burial of the dead has been surrounded by many customs peculiar to the particular belief or religion of the tribe. From time immemorial, therefore, the cemetery has been a community institution of the utmost importance.