Traditional burial remains common practice, especially among families who have long established traditions and family burial sites. Burial of a deceased person can only take place on property that is designated as a cemetery by provincial statute. Our funeral directors will assist you in selecting an appropriate burial site in Greater Victoria, on the Gulf Islands, or elsewhere in British Columbia. The prices of burial plots vary depending on which cemetery you select.
- Why choose burial?
Cultural and religious beliefs are, of course, important factors for those who choose burial. Beyond these, perhaps the most compelling reason to consider it is so loved ones have a permanent place to visit. Knowing there will always be access to a site in a cemetery or mausoleum offers great comfort to family and friends.
- Are there different types of burial?
Yes. Families have the option of a traditional earth burial or entombment in a mausoleum. For those concerned with sustainability and lessening their environmental footprint, an additional choice is green burial (see below).
- What is green burial?
Green burial is an increasingly popular choice and the most natural one. All materials used—from the casket to the dressing—are biodegradable and, along with the body, are intended to return to the earth and nurture new life. There is no marker left on the gravesite and native flora is planted to promote environmental health. Remembrance plaques can be mounted on boulders that surround the green burial area.
- What types of funeral or memorial services are appropriate with burial?
Whether dictated by family tradition or religious belief, the choice of service is very personal. For some it is a multi-step process—viewing, church service, procession, burial—for others a simple graveside memorial. We will assist you in tailoring the service to your specifications.
- How do I find a burial site?
Our funeral directors will assist you in selecting an appropriate burial site in Greater Victoria, on the Gulf Islands, or elsewhere in British Columbia. The prices of burial plots vary depending on which cemetery you select.
- How do I coordinate bringing a loved one home for burial?
We have experience in uniting loved ones with their families in countries all over the world. We make arrangements with the airlines, consulates, and the receiving funeral home to ensure that the return home of your loved one is seamless.
- How does one select a casket?
There are many factors to consider for choosing a casket, including: price, aesthetics, and the type of memorial or funeral you intend to have. We’ll show you options and assist you with purchasing the casket that best fits your circumstances.
- Is burial more expensive than cremation?
Yes, generally burial has more costs to consider, but you might be surprised at how close in price burial and cremation actually are. We would be happy to offer you a price comparison if you are weighing both options.
- What are the different options for headstones or memorial markers?
Monuments or memorial markers can be as ornate and customized or as simple as you choose. It is important to make sure, however, that the burial site you choose allows the specific kind of marker you would like. We sell headstones and memorial markers directly from our locations, checking off another item on your long list of “to do’s”.