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In-ground whole body burial and above ground entombment are established and respected practices which many still choose today. If other family members have been buried or entombed in a mausoleum, it can be reassuring for the surviving members and future generations to know that their family tradition continues.

The resurgence of green burial and natural death care options in recent years has encouraged people to continue their sustainable life values at death.

Conventional Burial

KORU’s definition of “Conventional Burial” is when the deceased is buried in a conventional cemetery which requires the use of a wood or metal casket to enclose the deceased, the deceased is often embalmed even though it is not mandatory, a grave liner or vault is placed over the casket before final burial and individual headstones mark the grave.

Green Burial & Natural Death

KORU is one of a select number of funeral homes that meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council.

“Green Burial is a statement of personal values for those who seek to minimize their impact on the local and global environment. For people who are mindful of the cyclical nature of life, green burial is a spiritually fulfilling alternative to conventional burial or cremation. It is an environmentally sensitive practice: the body is returned to the earth to decompose naturally and contribute to new life.”   

 –  Green Burial Society of Canada

There are five principles of green burial that are essential.

  1. No embalming
  2. Direct earth burial
  3. Ecological restoration & conservation
  4. Communal memorialization
  5. Optimize land use

For a detailed explanation of these principals, visit Green Burial Society of Canada.

Natural Death

Natural death simply means that you would like your deceased person to be as “undisturbed” as possible from professional, clinical intervention. This does not exclude the possibility of viewing and spending time with the one who has died. On the contrary, spending time with the body in as natural a state as possible after death can be a singularly beautiful moment. KORU would be gratified to have a full discussion about natural deaths and how we can assist you with this choice. Here is a quick link to our Contact Us page .

Home Vigil

If you are someone who has taken care of your family member in her or his dying days, it is only natural to want to continue to provide that loving care after death.  

Green & Natural Burial Cemeteries

The cemeteries in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands that have achieved a green burial designation from either the Green Burial Society of Canada or The Green Burial Council (USA) are listed below:

If Green Burial is not possible for you but you are interested in reducing your environmental impact during the funeral planning, here are 10 simple things you can do to make a difference:

  1. Carpool to any gathering
  2. Donate to a charity rather than sending flowers
  3. Choose a biodegradable urn (if cremation has been chosen)
  4. Choose an eco-friendly casket
  5. Leave a living marker in memory of the one who has died by planting a native tree or shrub
  6. Choose a memorial marker made from local stone, rather than using markers made of imported stone
  7. Choose to use local foods and beverages for your gatherings
  8. Use recycled paper for memorial cards
  9. Leave condolences online rather than sending a card
  10. Tell others about the option to choose eco-friendly funeral products and services

Cemetery Directory

Mt. View Cemetery
5455 Fraser St., Vancouver, (604) 325-2646

Capilano View Cemetery
1290 3rd St., West Vancouver, (604) 925-7007

Boundary Bay Cemetery
856 56th St., Tsawwassen, (604) 943-4445

North Delta Cemetery
at Brooke and Dunlop Streets, North Delta, (604) 946-3293

Fraser Cemetery
100 Richmond St., New Westminster, (604) 522-1323

City of Surrey Cemeteries, (604) 598-5770

Surrey Centre Cemetery
16671 Old McLellan Rd., Surrey

Sunnyside Lawn Cemetery
14850 28th Ave., Surrey

Hazelmere Cemetery
19198 16th Ave., Surrey

Ocean View Burial Park
4000 Imperial St., Burnaby, (604) 435-6688

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
3789 Royal Oak Dr., Burnaby, (604) 299-7711

Boal Chapel Memorial Gardens
1505 Lillooet Rd., North Vancouver, (604) 980-3451

Victory Memorial Park
14831 28th Ave., Surrey, (604) 536-6522

Valley View Cemetery
14644 72nd Ave., Surrey, (604) 596-8866

Masonic Cemetery
4305 Halifax St., Burnaby, (604) 294-4143 or (877) 290-4144

Schara Tzedeck Cemetery (Jewish)
2345 Marine Dr., New Westminster, (604) 522-1754

Gardens of Gethsemani (Catholic)
15800 32nd Ave., Surrey, (604) 531-2141

  • Most cemeteries require 48 hours notice prior to the date of burial
  • Conventional Burial is different from Green Burial, click here to learn why
  • Burial can only take place on property the provincial government has designated as suitable for burial
  • Every cemetery has its own unique bylaws, so what is protocol or expected practice at one cemetery is not necessarily the same at another cemetery
  • All funeral homes, regardless of who owns them, can organize a burial at any cemetery, regardless of who owns the cemetery. In other words, if your cemetery of choice owns and operates a funeral home, you are not obligated to use their funeral home
  • Cemetery plots used for full-body burial (vs cremated remains burial) often have room to include one or more set of cremated remains
  • There are many cemeteries in the Lower Mainland. To review our list of municipal, private faith-based and green burial cemeteries, read more