Can green burials take place in the winter?

When the snow is falling, choosing a green burial may not be top of mind. You may be interested to know that it is still possible to have a natural burial in the winter (depending on where you live). Here in the Niagara Region, the ground does not freeze [...]

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Is embalming mandatory?

Embalming is not a mandatory procedure. Embalming is offered to all families and may be beneficial when families are looking to have a viewing, especially if that viewing is delayed a number of days after the deceased's passing. A family can still see their loved one without embalming taking [...]

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Must I purchase a burial vault?

In Ontario, this is generally not mandatory. Most active cemeteries have by-laws and regulations that suggest the use of a basic grave liner for maintenance and safety purposes. Either a grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy these requirements.

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What are burial vaults and grave liners?

These are the outside containers into which the casket is placed.  Burial vaults are designed to protect the casket and may be made of a variety or combination of materials including concrete, stainless steel, galvanized steel, copper, bronze, plastic or fiberglass.  A grave liner is a lightweight version of [...]

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What options are available besides ground burial?

Besides ground burial, some cemeteries offer interment in lawn crypts or entombment in mausoleums.  In addition, most cemeteries provide choices for those who have selected cremation.  These often include placement of cremated remains in a niche of a columbarium or interment in an urn space.

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Does a body have to be embalmed before it is buried?

No. Embalming is a choice which may depend on factors like if there is to be an open casket viewing of the body or if there is to be an extended time between death and interment. Public health laws may require embalming if the body is going to be [...]

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What happens when a cemetery runs out of land?

When a cemetery runs out of land, it will continue to operate and serve the community.  When we get to this point, the percentage of cremation would likely become the main method of disposition. Depending on cemetery by-laws, most cemeteries will allow for multiple urns to be interred on top [...]

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Why is having a place to visit so important?

To remember and to be remembered are natural human needs.  A permanent memorial in a cemetery provides a focal point for remembrance and memorializing the deceased.  Throughout human history, memorialization of the dead has been a key component of almost every culture.  Psychologists say that remembrance practices, from the [...]

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