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Great article and detective work as usual, Lisa. You always tie everything up with a nice bow, thanks for all you do for MJ!!


Thanks for this very informative blog....I love reading your blogs as I trust fully that what you write is factual! Too many misinformed posts on FB about FL goings on lately...some very damaging and that is so sad! ((hugs))

Thank you so much for your clear and unbiased information! It is greatly appreciated. I hope to make a pilgrimage to FL someday...not only to visit MJ, but to enjoy all the interesting attributes at FL and the celebrity gravesites. As I seem to recall from a history class, visiting memorial gardens was quite in vogue back in the day.

Hi Lisa-
Do you have any insight on the latest reports that flowers purchased directly from the Forest Lawn flower shop are being placed on the "putting green" rather than by Michael's tomb?

@Ann re: flower issue ~ no, I have no insights past what I've read on the Justice4MJ.com blog link above. This is a campaign they've mounted and I trust that they'll post their results once it's been resolved. Thanks!

Great blog post Lisa---I always enjoy ur level headed no cray way of thinking---

No offense but shouldnt the fans just be grateful they're even able to have their flowers, artwork, letters,sentiments etc put in ANY designated area on FL property?? Be grateful & and practice humbleness--FLG and the Jackson family can stop this any day--the fans should be thankful for what has been given to them and ease back on all the questionings and temper tantrums I see more often than not being thrown all over Facebook & Twitter... I say this with the L.O.V.E of course ;)

Thanks for your great report Lisa! Glad to have you back. Hope things are going well for you.


Hello Lisa, Just would like to share some info with you. flowers brought for Michael from the flower shop at forest lawn, are put straight inside on his tomb. prices are from 15.00 dollars and up, told to me over the phone by the head person in charge of the shop. when people purchase flowers for Michael,forest lawn has a driver that comes and picks up all orders and goes directly inside, and places them around the tomb. my purchase was beautiful, about 2.5 feet tall with red and white carnations, in shape of a heart with a satin ribbon across the middle that read..you are forever in my heart...the cost was very high, but perfect for my friend. See Michael and I were great close friends for 11 years and i had just been invited to visit with him, right before the departure to London. We had made plans to meet on June 29th and his first stop, was going to be to, take me to meet his loving mother. Michael was so happy about this plan, we had put together all alone without any staff. Sadly that never happened, so now I send flowers and (and cry a lot) and do the best I can to still be close to my forever Friend.

Thank you for your time.
Debra Willis..(North Carolina)

@Debra ~ thank you so much for your insights and my heart goes out to you on the loss of your precious friend Michael. *hugs*

@Kim *waves hello* :) thank you and i hope things are going well for you, too! busy/good on this end!

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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