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What's the policy on photography in these sorts of places? Do you have to do it on the down-low or do they not care? I know it varies but I would guess that there are more restrictive ones and ones that "market" the place, a la "maps to the stars final resting places".

Love this: which receives the casket lengthwise and "does not make quite so impressive a memorial."

Excellent video, Lisa - thank you so much for sharing your talents with us all again. The photos of the stars, intermingled with the pictures of their final resting places, made it that much more poignant. ~Lynn~

I like how you'd connected the stars. Strange to see them so connected in life and now, in repose. Well done.

Beautiful and wonderful, Lisa.

Great stuff! Love your website!

As a person who grew up in SoCal, I find it interesting how it is no longer possible to wander through the halls of the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn anymore. As a kid in the 60s we would often go to Forest Lawn after church to see the art work and view the Last Supper. I recall many times when we were allowed to walk through many parts of the mausoleum both upstairs and downstairs. I always figured that the cemetery wanted people to view as much as possible since the founder's policy was to create a "memorial park" where there was a feeling of openness and "life after death."

Maybe they should be trying to "sell" Forest Lawn to curious people and fans, rather than run them off. I personally would love to own plots at Forest Lawn just knowing how well the place is maintained. I have family and friends at Glendale, Hollywood Hills and now Covina Hills. My grandparents purchased some of the original plots in the church yard at Hollywood Hills. I actually am disapointed to know that I (a relative of internees and potential customer) might be brushed off by cemetery employees, when I have a 40 plus year history associated with the place. Even if we don't have a family crypt inside the mausoleum.

You and your work are just terrific!


Nice site! I share the same passion as you! I love walking through the cementaries in the DC area.

Hope you can get pictures of MJ's Resting place. Excellent JOB!!

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By Lisa Burks

  • Exploring History From The Ground Up!

    I enjoy spending time exploring cemeteries, reading and photographing headstones of celebrities and civilians alike, and learning about the lives and deaths of these so-called "permanent residents" of the graveyards and mausoleums. This blog chronicles those experiences.


    I am a proud member of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits!

    May 2, 2009

    In addition to this blog, some of my older material is archived at Buried Treasures at LisaBurks.com

    One of the cemeteries I'm most interested in these days is Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif. I wrote about its legal problems for the LA Daily News' community hub, ValleyNews.com from August 2006 to December 2008, when Valley News ceased operations. In response to reader requests to have one central source of information, I created and continue to maintain Grand View Memorial Park (dot) Info.

    "We've gotten a front-row seat to all the twists and turns taking place at the beleaguered cemetery, Grand View Memorial Park, from an intrepid citizen journalist named Lisa Burks." ~ Jason Kandel, ValleyNews.com Editor, 12/28/2006