By Laws – Burials

3.0 BURIALS

3.1 Authorization, Information and Documents Required for a Burial:
Written Permission of Interment Rights Holder: Interment Rights Holder(s) must visit the Cemetery office and provide written direction and authorization prior to a Burial or Entombment taking place. Should the Interment Rights Holder be the deceased, direction must be provided in writing by the next of kin or estate executor. Telephone, facsimile or e-mail orders for Burial or Entombment are not permitted.

Proof of Registration of Death: A Burial permit issued by the Registrar General or equivalent document showing that the death has been registered must be provided to the Cemetery office on the day of the Burial. A Certificate of Cremation must be submitted to the Cemetery office before a Burial of cremated remains may take place.

Information Required: For each Burial of human remains, a written statement providing such information as may be required by the Cemetery must be submitted to the Cemetery office so that an accurate register may be kept in accordance with provincial legislation.

Payment: Payment must be made to the Cemetery before a Burial may take place.

Authorization of Social Services Agency: Written instruction from a social services administrator must be submitted to the Cemetery office before a Burial assisted by a Social Services Agency may take place.

3.2 Notice Required: The Cemetery office shall be given at least 8 business hours of notice for each Burial or Scattering of human remains.

3.3 Opening and Closing of Interment Rights: Graves and Lots shall be opened and closed only by the Cemetery.
To ensure safe conditions are maintained at all times, families wishing to witness the closing of a Lot or Grave shall remain a minimum of 10 metres from the open Grave.
Every effort will be made to complete a Burial on the assigned day and time. If due to inclement weather conditions, health and safety concerns, or conditions beyond the Cemetery’s control, a Burial cannot be made at the scheduled time, the Cemetery reserves the right to establish a temporary set up, and the Burial shall be completed as soon as possible at a later time.
The Cemetery retains the right of passage over every Lot or Grave so that cemetery operations may be performed effectively.
The Cemetery retains the right to temporarily relocate a monument or marker so that cemetery operations involving the opening and closing of a Lot or Grave may be performed.
The opening of a Lot or Grave for Burial necessitates the temporary mounding of earth on adjacent Graves. The Cemetery reserves the right to determine the location for the temporary mound and will make reasonable efforts to restore adjacent Graves to their original condition as soon as possible following the closing of the Grave.
Funeral flowers, delivered to the Cemetery at the time of Burial, will remain on the Lot or Grave for a minimum of 5 days and will be removed at any time thereafter and disposed of by the Cemetery.

3.4 Number of Burials: A maximum of two caskets both in vaults or four cremated remains or one casket and two cremations may be buried in each Grave unless otherwise specified on the document for the purchase of the Interment Rights.
Where two caskets are to be interred in the same Grave, the first casket will be buried in a vault and at an extra depth to allow for a minimum if two feet (24 inches) of top cover (not mounded) on the top most receptacles.

3.5 Closed Caskets or Containers: Remains must be delivered to the Cemetery for Burial in a closed casket or container. Under no circumstances may an employee of the Cemetery open or close a casket or container. In the case of cremated remains, remains must be delivered to the Cemetery for Burial in a closed cremation urn or container, and the cremated remains will be buried in such cremation urn or container

3.6 Outer Containers: Caskets or urns may be interred without an outer container. Should an outer container of concrete, steel, or other permanent nature be used, a service charge may apply.

3.7 Scattering Cremated Remains: Cremated remains may be scattered in a designated scattering area, only under the direction of the Cemetery. Due to the irreversibility of the scattering process a completed Application for the Scattering of Cremated Remains must be signed at the Cemetery office before a scattering may take place.

3.8 Requirements for Removal of Caskets, Containers or Cremated Remains: Human remains may be removed from a Lot or Grave provided that the written consent of the Interment Rights Holder(s) is/are received by the Cemetery.
A certificate from the local medical officer of health must be received at the Cemetery office before a Removal of casketed human remains may take place. A certificate from the local medical officer of health is not required for the Removal of cremated remains.
Removals may also be ordered by certain public officials without the consent of the Interment Rights Holder(s) and/or next of kin(s).
Removals from “Triple Depth” pose a safety hazard to the Cemetery’s employees and will not be permitted. The raising and lowering of remains from standard depth to extra depth is considered a Removal.
The Cemetery will not be responsible for damage to any casket or container which occurs during the course of the Removal.
A new casket or container may be required to facilitate a removal for which an additional charge will apply.
The Cemetery will not be responsible for damage to any cremation urn or cremation outer container which occurs during the course of the Removal. Due to the length of time a cremation urn has been buried and/or the conditions to which it has been exposed, the Cemetery cannot guarantee that it can retrieve a cremation urn or cremation container buried in a Lot or
Grave. The condition of any cremation urn or cremation container disinterred may be unstable, in which case, a replacement urn may be required at the expense of the party authorizing the removal. Removals will be completed at a day and time designated by the Cemetery.
The Cemetery may require any casket, outer container, cremation urn or cremation outer container that has been replaced to be removed from the Cemetery for disposal. All costs shall be born by the party authorizing the Removal. Under no circumstances can a used casket be directed to a crematorium for disposal.
If Interment Rights are sold back to the Cemetery, any Monuments or Markers are to be removed before the transfer can be completed. The cost for the removal of the memorials and foundations shall be paid by the individual(s) authorizing the transfer.
The Cemetery reserves the right to disallow any witnessing of the Removal if it feels at its sole discretion that the health or safety of anyone present may be at risk.

3.9 Contagious Diseases: It is a legal requirement that the Cemetery be notified that a death is a result of contagious disease, prior to arrangements being made for the Burial.
In the event that a contagious disease has been confirmed, the Cemetery reserves the right to adhere to recognized Health and Safety practices.
The Cemetery may designate the hour and manner in which Burials may be made.
The human remains of persons who have died from contagious diseases may be removed only with the consent of the local medical officer of health or other public official having authority.
Human remains of persons who have died from contagious diseases will not be accepted for temporary storage.

3.10 Pets or Other Animals: Only human remains shall be buried or entombed in the Cemetery.