Forest Lawn bans Pokémon Go at 4 cemeteries

Pokemon Go is now the most popular mobile game in U.S. history, according to new data from SurveyMonkey. (AP file)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Forest Lawn has asked that players of Pokémon GO not play while at the group’s cemeteries.

Forest Lawn, which operates four cemeteries in Buffalo, West Seneca, Hamburg and Williamsville, wants players to steer clear out of respect for those seeking to mourn their loved ones.

They issued a statement on Thursday, part of which read, “While we eagerly welcome and strategically encourage all visitors to experience the beauty and serenity of our cemeteries, and certainly support the idea of getting young people to discover and explore important places in their community, we believe that recreational games such as Pokemon Go run counter to our commitment to maintaining the peace and dignity of our grounds.”

Nationally, institutions like the Arlington National Cemetery and the National Holocaust Museum have also asked Pokemon Go players to not play on their grounds.

Anyone who is caught playing at the Forest Lawn cemeteries, which include Buffalo’s Forest Lawn, West Seneca’s St. Matthew’s, Hamburg’s Lakeside and the Williamsville Cemetery, will be asked to leave. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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