This page was last reviewed on July 20, 2018.
Cumberland cemetery is a unique place. It’s an historic cemetery, established in 1895, and the resting place of generations of Cumberlanders. The landscape is rolling and dry, the ground covered with moss and kinnikinnick.
The cemetery features
- traditional family ground lots accommodating one full burial and four cremated remains
- traditional ground lots are available in contemporary sections as well as in historic sections of the cemetery
- natural burial area with lots accommodating a full burial and a cremation burial; and small lots accommodating two cremation burials
- child lots
- a columbaria niche wall
- single cremation lots
- an upright headstone or block marker may be placed on most lots in the cemetery
Planning for future works include
- central interment area with seating and gathering area, scattering garden, and columbaria niche walls
- double cremation lots
- new ground lots in historic sections of the cemetery
Natural Burial Area
A natural burial area is new in 2018 and has some special features. Burial options include graves for one full burial and a second burial of cremated remains, and smaller graves near the treelines for two sets of cremated remains. Full burial can take place in casket or shroud made of biodegradable and environmentally sustainable materials. Cremation burials may be placed without a container or in a biodegradeable container.
Burials take place sequentially and graves are assigned following the cemetery layout plan once a death has occurred. This allows the landscape to be planted each year as burials take place. Family and friends may participate in a graveside service through a funeral services provider or on their own.
Staying true to the principles of natural burial, memorialization will take place on a common monument of black tusk basalt.
Each spring, landscaping will be planted over recent graves to restore the natural habitat of the surrounding forest. The plantings include Douglas fir, Pacific dogwood, Douglas maple, white pine, huckleberry, flowering red currant, and creeping Oregon grape.
The cemetery is open dawn to dusk. The vehicle gate is open daily from 8:30am to dusk.
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Additional fees may apply, including memorial permits fees, natural burial landscaping fees, and GST. The above fees include a contribution to the perpetual care fund.
To learn more and to discuss options, please contact the Village Office at 250-336-2291 to make an appointment to discuss your needs. Please see the Cemetery Management Bylaw for more information.
Annual Spring Clean Up
Each April, Village staff tidy up and removes items that detract from the appearance of the cemetery.
If you have any personal items, mementos or artificial flowers on your loved one’s gravesite that need to be refreshed, please consider taking them home in March to be sure they aren’t removed by staff.