Suggestions for the St. Marys Cemetery

Going into the municipal election. I would like to suggest the following to those running for council.

Scattering Garden

Description:

An area of the cemetery where the ground is covered in wood chips. Cremated remains could be scattered there by raking back a small spot and then covering the cremated remains with the wood chips. The area would have a communal monument with names and dates

Positives for the St. Marys Cemetery:

Offer a lower cost option for interment

Add to the cremation options at the cemetery

Creating a perpetual use area for cremated remains as the space can be used over and over again

Gives an option for signal person burial as both the in-ground urn burial section and columbarium niches are designed for two person cremated remains interment

Cost to create the scattering garden would be lower than purchasing another columbarium.

 Example of what a scattering garden could look like

Example of what a scattering garden could look like

 


Green burial Section

Description:

Creating a section in the St. Marys Cemetery for casket burial that only allows those buried that are:
- not embalmed
- contained within an environmentally made casket (no metal, no lacquers or varnishes)
- no casket vault.

The grounds of the green section are not covered in grass, but in a ground covering that does not require maintenance.

The section would have a communal monument with names and dates.

Article explaining green burial:
https://oala.ca/ground_issue/ground-35-edges/green-burial-sustainable-memorial-sites/

Positives for the St. Marys Cemetery

- Add to the green initiatives of St. Marys

- Creating a green burial location. There are very few in Ontario (none West of Waterloo)

- Low cost in maintenance

Parkview Cemetery in Waterloo opened a Green Burial Section in the fall of 2017
Their first burial in the section took place this past September (2018)

Andrea and I (and Agnes) visited Parkview Cemetery last month. The new section has 108 plots and the ground is covered with a wild flower. Numbered disks in the section mark individual plots.

  The green section is the field to the right of the road

The green section is the field to the right of the road

  This is what the grave markers look like

This is what the grave markers look like

  This is the first burial in the section one week after

This is the first burial in the section one week after


Scattering Garden for Pets

Description:

Same idea as the above suggestion, but for pets, set up in a different location within St. Marys Cemetery. There is no doubt that people of this town love their pets. St. Marys could create a low cost pet scattering garden and have partial proceeds go to animal welfare groups.

 Positives for the St. Marys Cemetery

- Allow families a place to memorialize their pets

- Make use of the entire cemetery

- Promote the St. Marys Cemetery. There are very few pet cemeteries in Ontario