Strathcona County is in need of more burial space.
The Burial Options Society in Strathcona County (BOSS) held a Cemeteries 101 workshop on Monday (Feb.12).
BOSS is a non-profit society providing educational activities regarding end of life, death care and burial options. They are working to raise money and acquire lands to create a green/hybrid cemetery in the county.
“They have done a needs assessment and figured out that over the next 25 years, in addition to the cemeteries that exist, there’s an anticipated need for 14 acres of more cemetery space,” said former councillor and resident, Carla Howlett. “There aren’t a lot of options available within the county and so they (BOSS) have been working with the county to try to get a public cemetery in Strathcona County.”
As it stands right now, provincial regulations around the cemeteries act states only a municipality or a religious organization can own a cemetery. BOSS has not been able to convince Strathcona County to take over that responsibility to date.
“I think that people need to start realizing that this is an issue that’s going to affect all of us, everybody is going to die. Nobody wants to talk about it, but it’s a fact,” said Howlett. “We talk about Strathcona County as being Canada’s most livable community, but right now we’re not the most dieable and we need to correct that.”
After attending the workshop, Howlett was left asking, “why isn’t anybody doing anything about this?”
She would like to see either a religious organization or the municipality step up.