Cemeteries Running Out of Space [Audio]

Erik Lees was a recent guest on BCIT’s Evolution Radio (107.9 FM) show For the Record.

During the show, Erik and host Dennis Arellano discuss the prospect of urban cemeteries running out of space and other alternatives to in-ground burials.

Take a listen below (audio starts at 0:16):

Cumberland Cemetery Improvements
Cumberland Cemetery Improvements

Implementation of site improvements are now underway at the Village of Cumberland’s historic cemetery!

In 2013, LEES+Associates in collaboration with Outlook Land Design completed the Village’s Cemeteries Master Plan. Since then, the Village has been gradually undertaking projects to restore and enhance its three cemeteries.
New soil,

Lakeview Cemetery - Penticton, BC
Lakeview Cemetery in Penticton

On a recent visit to the Okanagan Valley, we got the opportunity to see the newly constructed burial expansion areas at Lakeview Cemetery in Penticton.
LEES+Associates was retained to develop construction documents for the expansion areas two years ago.

The burial expansion areas include:

A green burial area in a native Okanagan grassland
The ‘stream of memories’ river rock wall
Muslim burial area
Premium burial area overlooking the lake with a full range of interment and memorialization options including family estate lots and family cremation gardens
Scattering gardens

Below are a few photos from the site.

Royal Oak Burial Park Stone
Monument Slabs at Royal Oak Burial Park

LEES+Associates was delighted to work with Vancouver-based monument builder and sculptor, Dan Bellan, on the latest expansion area at Royal Oak Burial Park, in Victoria B.C.

The design team collaborated with Dan on the design, placement and refinement of monumental slabs of Vancouver Island white marble that are the key features at the cemetery’s new “BIRCH” and “MAGNOLIA” Sections.

Cemetery
‘Looming crisis’ as cemeteries across Canada run out of space

“We’re running out of room because, as I characterize cemeteries, they’re the forgotten landscape, they’re the forgotten land use,” he said. “We’ve managed to, on the whole, build healthy cities with good infrastructure and downtown cores and housing…but we’ve really neglected the importance of remembrance and places of grief and mourning.”

Erik Lees was a guest on CTV News last month to discuss the issue of cemeteries running out of space.

Denman Island Natural Burial Cemetery
Discussions: What is Green Burial? [Audio]

What is Green Burial:

Known under many names, including “natural burial,” “eco-burial,” “woodland burial,” and “country burial,” green burial is rooted in minimising the impact of human burial on the environment. While the level of “greenness” varies, in practice, a green burial is considered to have at least two of the following pillars:

Does not include embalming;

Okotoks Cemetery Land Needs Assessments
What We Do: Cemetery Needs Assessments

LEES+Associates has undertaken a range of “Needs Assessments” for communities across Canada. The examined criteria for social need varies significantly in breadth and depth. Generally, our needs assessments have included a comprehensive review of a municipality or region’s expected demand for cemetery and crematorium services over 25 to 50 years and compared it to the available supply and quality of service in the community.

Adam Rogerson
Adam Rogerson Joins LEES+Associates

We’re very excited to welcome Adam Rogerson to the LEES+Associates team!

With remarkable experience working in the cemetery industry and a keen interest in sustainable design, Adam is committed to the effective integration of sustainable practices in cemetery planning and design. He also spent time abroad as an intern studying the impact of tourism on sensitive coastal ecosystems in the Caribbean.