Pre-planning allows you to contemplate, with a clear mind, all of the considerations that go into cremation or burial service planning. By planning before a death occurs, you can take time to learn about options, costs, and the service providers who will best meet your needs. There is an obvious financial advantage to pre-planning, which is that by locking in costs today, the desired services will not be subject to inflation tomorrow.
Whether you are just beginning to consider pre-planning or ready to confirm your wishes, our Burial Park family service team can sit down and discuss options with you, without obligation or cost, and provide clear and complete information with itemized pricing.
It is essential that, at the immediate time of death, there is a plan in place designating who will look after the transfer of the body from the place of death, provide shelter and care for the remains, and acquire and complete legal documentation of the death. This ensures that survivors are able to smoothly implement the final plans of the deceased. (A licensed funeral service provider normally performs the services noted above. The Burial Park, while not licensed to perform these basic services, works closely with all local funeral service providers.)
Did You Know: There is no legal requirement in BC that requires a body to be embalmed. Since the vast majority of cremation or burial services occur within a week of death, modern refrigeration and sanitary care will ensure the body can be sheltered in a dignified and if desired, viewable, condition. Today, many environmentally conscious people regard embalming, with its use of toxic and hazardous chemical injections, as unnecessary.
This is a decision that will be guided by past family tradition, religious practice, cultural considerations, and personal preference. This website describes the cremation and burial services that are available at the Burial Park and can help guide your decision. If you have any questions about cremation or burial don’t hesitate to contact our family service team.
“Everyone wants to be remembered, always.”
Perhaps the most important consideration of the pre-planning process is choosing the location for the permanent resting place and memorial – including cremated remains – in a licensed cemetery. This provides affirmation that a life was lived, that it is remembered, and it gives future generations a place to go and remember, too.
There is great value and solace in having some form of gathering or service, whether private or public, formal or informal. These events are really for the family, friends, work colleagues, and others who may have known the deceased. The saying “strength in numbers” is especially applicable for those in grief. Sharing the sorrow of loss, remembering a deceased loved one, and celebrating their memory gives tremendous support and comfort to those affected by a death. The Burial Park offers its beautiful art-deco Garden Chapel as an intimate gathering place for funeral and memorial services and celebrations of life.
Whether you choose cremation or burial, our service team can provide you with general information about what form of service or event you want to be a part of your final arrangements.
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