Natural Burials and Scattering Garden Concept Plan

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Grey Mountain Cemetery

Grey Mountain Cemetery has served the citizens of Whitehorse since it was constructed in the 1960s. Upon the decommissioning of the downtown Pioneer Cemetery in the 1980s, Grey Mountain Cemetery became the sole resting place for the majority of the city’s population.

GMC gates

It became apparent during the Cemetery Master Plan exercise in 2008 that the range of interment and monument options available does not meet the needs of all sectors of the population. The Stakeholders and Public said we should:  

  • Consider allowing more environmentally-friendly interment options, such as “green burials”
  • Make the site more park-like, a place for families to celebrate life including memorial gardens, scatter gardens and memorial trees

Parks and Community Development is presently looking at including natural burials and scattering gardens in the next expansion phase scheduled to open in 2018. 

GMC ground

A natural burial means the interment of human remains in the earth in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition but allows the human remains to recycle naturally.

What is a Scattering Garden? 

  • Cremated remains placed in a scattering garden are co-mingled in a common area, and thus, unrecoverable
  • Memorials for cremated remains that have been placed in a scattering garden shall be limited to a Memorial Wall 

What does the Natural Burials and Scattering Garden Concept Plan include? 

  • Traditional, neo-traditional, cultural and woodland areas
  • A central gathering space, adjacent to memorial and/or scattering gardens
GMC plan