The Stone Keeper’s Oath
(raise your right hand and put your left hand on a copy of your local vital records or other graveyard book.)
I, (your name)
Swear to protect and preserve
The lands, artifacts, and features
Of all burying places.
I will educate others
About their importance.
When I hear of a burying place threatened
By neglect, vandalism, or development
I will publicly advocate for it.
When possible, I will put in the work
To maintain irreplaceable burial landscapes
And their markers.
I make this pledge in honor
of my ancestors and predecessors
And to teach future generations
The importance of respecting
Those who came before us
To encourage self respect and respect for others.
Did you promise?