We answer some of typical questions that arise during our conversions with people in the community. If you have questions not answered here, email us.
Aren't Burials Expensive?
It all depends on what you want. Burials do not have to be expensive. When planning ahead, remember that the goal is to help someone to be laid to Rest In Peace, not to show off to others. On the West Coast of BC, you don't have to be buried somewhere more costly, like Vancouver. There are cemeteries across the lower mainland that range in price, some falling below $2,000. If affording a burial vs. settling for a cremation is your decision, we are here to help. It is our hope to help anyone who wants a burial to receive one.
Our services are priced so that all working people can afford them. Our Burial Service is priced under the current Canada Pension Plan Death Benefit payout of $2,500. This means that the main decisions to make are whether or not you want to upgrade to a viewing and / or church service and what type of casket you would like. Of course a person's preference is a deciding factor in the selection and therefore the cost of the casket.
If someone truly has no available funds and has requested a burial, then one can be provided by working with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. They will provide funds to cover the expense of a cemetery plot and our services/fees. This includes proper care of the deceased, the option for a viewing, a casket and if requested, a church service
Is there even enough land to bury people?
This is a very common misconception. People tend to believed that we are running out of land, so cremation is the better option. This is simply not true. Cemeteries currently operating in the BC West Coast have land set aside for the next 25+ years of burials, and there are more cemeteries currently being developed. What it comes down to is one's willingness to travel, not the availability of land.
What if I only want something basic?
What could be more basic then having a deceased person bathed, dressed and placed into the ground? Often, our own personal emotions make it seem more "complex," when in fact, the process is really quite straight forward.
Do It Yourself
What are the available D-I-Y Options?
Did you know that it is possible for you to care for your own dead in BC? Ancient Burials encourages the participation of families who want to be personally involved in the care of the deceased. We can provide all necessary assistance with death registration, body preparation, body storage, etc. Your family can perform the ceremony and disposition. Options include: Home Vigil Preparation, Home Funeral, and Do-It-Yourself Burial. Sometimes these services are commonly referred to by the terms Death Midwife or Death Doula. Please contact us if you are interested in any of these options as they do require additional planning
Preparing the body
What is standard Body Preparation?
This required process consists of a topical hygienic bathing and dressing of a body along with cosmetic work and casketing. This process allows us to place clean clothes on a clean person who is then laid into a clean casket.
This preparation work is included in all our service options and is appropriate when:
All deceased individuals we care for receive our standard service. If, however, it is deemed necessary or requested, our Embalming services are provided at no additional cost!
Providing a standard high-quality level of service to all people we care for means that we require a full set of clothing for the deceased to wear.Clothing should include:undergarments, socks, pants/skirt, shirt/blouse/dress, suit jacket if appropriate, shawl or head scarf. Feel free to also include any personal items of importance: glasses, dentures, prayer rope/rosary, necklace, brooch, tie, pocket square, baseball hat, ect.
We ask that jewellery of importance or value be retained by the family as an heirloom.
What is embalming and when is it necessary?
Embalming is the modern art and science of temporarily preserving human remains to forestall decomposition. In many cases, families will request embalming based on the fact that it does provides the best option for viewing and is seen as the "proper" way to take care of someone.
It is important to note that unlike some other provinces, British Columbia law does not require embalming.
Circumstances in which embalming is typically deemed necessary include the following:
There is NO additional charge to have embalming done in addition to our standard body preparation.