If you’re considering this option for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to understand what cremation involves and the choices available to you. At Bakerview Memorial Cemetery, we aim to provide clear, helpful information to make this process easier for you.

Cremation is a method of the final disposition of a body through burning. It’s an alternative to the traditional full-body burial, and many people choose it for various reasons, including personal, cultural, or religious beliefs. In this guide, we’ll explain the different types of cremation burials you can find at our facilities, located in both the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver Region.

Whether you are pre-planning for yourself or arranging for a loved one, knowing what to expect and how to prepare can significantly ease the decision-making process. We are here to support you every step of the way, providing you with all the necessary information to ensure you are comfortable and informed about cremation burials.

What Is Cremation Burial?

Cremation burial is a method of memorialising someone who has passed away by burning the body in a crematorium. After cremation, the ashes, also known as cremated remains, can be buried in a cemetery plot, kept in a columbarium, or even taken home in an urn. This act of burning is done in a special place where the body becomes ashes in a controlled environment, ensuring dignity and respect are maintained throughout the process.

The reason why some choose this method over traditional full-body burial can vary. For many, it’s about simplicity and the lesser physical space required. Others might select this due to personal or familial preferences or religious reasons. The core of cremation burial lies in giving a respectful farewell to loved ones while adhering to personal or cultural customs. We take care of each step, ensuring that the cremation process respects the wishes of the deceased and their families.

Types of Cremation Burials Offered at Our Facility

We offer several options for those choosing cremation burial, catering to diverse needs and preferences.

  1. Ground Burial: The cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery plot. We offer individual plots where families can place a headstone or marker, providing a space for relatives to visit and remember their loved ones.
  2. Columbarium Niche: For those who prefer an above-ground option, a columbarium is an elegant choice. It is a structure made up of niches (small compartments) designed to hold urns. These niches can be personalised with engravings or decorations that reflect the personality of the deceased.
  3. Scattering Gardens: At our dedicated spaces within the cemetery, families can scatter the ashes of their loved ones in a beautiful, landscaped environment. This choice allows for a return to nature in a peaceful, serene setting.
  4. Family Estates: For families wishing to keep loved ones grouped together, family estates offer a private, exclusive area for multiple urns. This allows for a shared family space, preserving unity even after death.

Each option provides a unique way to honour and remember those who have passed, and we guide families through the decision-making process, helping them choose the best method according to their wishes and needs.

Preparing for a Cremation Burial: Steps to Consider

Planning a cremation burial can be a new experience for many, and knowing the steps involved can help make this process smoother and less daunting. Here are the key stages that we guide our families through:

  1. Choosing the Type of Cremation Burial: As mentioned earlier, we offer several options, such as ground burials, columbarium niches, scattering gardens, and family estates. Deciding on the right option depends largely on personal preferences, cultural practices, or family traditions.
  2. Selecting the Urn: An urn is used to hold the cremated remains. We provide a variety of urns in different materials, sizes, and designs. Choosing an urn that reflects the personality or wishes of the deceased can be a comforting act during this difficult time.
  3. Organising a Memorial Service: A memorial service or a gathering to honour the deceased can be arranged either before or after the cremation. We assist in planning these services, providing a venue and logistical support to ensure families can pay their respects without any stress.
  4. Finalising the Details: It’s important to look over all details carefully, including the inscription on a headstone or plaque and arrangements for the day of the burial. Our team ensures that all aspects are covered to respect the wishes of the deceased and their families.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cremation Burials at Our Facility

We understand that families often have many questions when opting for cremation burials. Here are some common inquiries we respond to:

– What Is the Duration of the Cremation Process?

Typically, the actual process of cremation can take 2 to 3 hours at high temperatures, followed by a period of cooling.

– Can We Have a Viewing before the Cremation?

Yes, we can arrange viewings as part of a traditional service or a more simple gathering before the cremation.

– Is It Possible to Have Personal Items Cremated with the Deceased?

There are specific guidelines on what can be cremated with the deceased, primarily for safety reasons. We can provide detailed information on these guidelines.

– How Do We Ensure the Remains Are Handled Respectfully?

Our staff are trained professionals committed to handling all remains with the utmost respect and dignity, adhering to strict protocols.

Concluding Thoughts on Cremation Burials

Choosing cremation as a method for final rites involves careful thought and consideration. It offers flexibility and can be personalised to reflect the unique life of the deceased. Our dedicated team is committed to providing support throughout each step of the process, making it as straightforward and respectful as possible. We understand that this period is challenging, and our priority is to offer services that honour the memory of your loved ones in a dignified and meaningful way.

If you are considering cremation burial services and need further information or assistance, please reach out to us at Bakerview Memorial Cemetery. We are here to answer any questions you might have and to guide you through the process with compassion and respect.


Published: May 5, 2024

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