Ordained in the Orthodox Church as Deacon Zacchaeus (Zane) with his family attends St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church. So we understand the significant importance of being supported in your family's religious traditions and will support you in whatever those traditions require.
Respecting the Body
Our standard process is that we provide natural body preparation for the people we look after. By default we look after the care of the person's body via external care through bathing, looking after the hygienic needs of the person and then complete with dressing and appropriate cosmetics. Each person's care can be customized to their needs via inclusion of using rose water, essential oils or perfumes as well as inclusion of cultural or religious customs. This is our default process, however if the situation dictates or the family requests we can provide embalming and there is no additional fee.
The last main component of fulfilling many religious funerals is internment of the body in a sacred space. As a licensed Funeral Provider, we have the ability to perform a burial in any cemetery in BC. We have compiled a list of cemeteries or sections within cemeteries, that have been dedicated to specific religious communities.
Orthodox Christian Community: Heritage Gardens- Greater Vancouver Orthodox Cemetery 19082 16th Avenue, South Surrey, BC Valley View Memorial Gardens-Hellenic Community of Greater Vancouver Section 14464 72 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 2E6 Sunnyside Lawn Cemetery- Serbian Orthodox Section 14850 28 Ave, Surrey, BC V4P 1P3 Forest Lawn Memorial Park- 3789 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 3M1 Ocean View Burial Park- 400 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC V5J1A4 Deacon Zacchaeus (Zane) with Ancient Burials, looks after the funeral arrangements and body preparation for the local Orthodox community. We can direct you to the above cemeteries that have dedicated sections or assist with having your local cemetery blessed for Orthodox burial.
Jewish Community: Schara Tzedeck Cemetery New Westminster- 2345 Marine Dr, New Westminster, BC V3M6R8 Schara Tzedeck Cemetery Surrey- 16656 60Ave, Surrey Beth Israel Cemetery- 1721 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby BC V5C6E3 Mountain View Cemetery- Vancouver, BC Jewish Section 5455 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5W2Z3 Capilano View Cemetery (Har El)- 1290 3rd St, West Vancouver, BC V7S1H8 Temple Shalom Cemetery- 14965 28Ave, Surrey, BC V4P1P3 https://www.cemeteryboard.com The Schara Tzedeck Cemetery Board is a non-profit organization that has been serving the Jewish Community by providing thoughtful compassionate funeral and burial services since 1929. We operate three cemeteries, one in New Westminster, one in South Surrey and the Jewish section at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver. We also provide Chevra Kadisha and funeral services to members of the Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Sholom, Har-El, and Or Shalom.
Catholic Community: Gardens of Gethsemani- 15694 32 Ave Surrey, BC V3Z 9V1 St. Peter’s Parish- 150 Richmond St, New Westminster BC, V3L 4B3 St. Mary's Parish- 8909 Mary St Chilliwack, BC V2P 4J4 Our Lady of Good Hope Parish- Box 159 - 671 Water Ave.Hope, BC, V0X 1L0 https://rccav.org The administration office at Gardens of Gethsemani looks after the arrangements for their location and St. Peter's Parish. They are an extension of parishes in the Archdiocese of Vancouver; a place for prayer, reflection, hope and remembrance. As a part of a Church family and a community of believers, Catholic Cemeteries exist to care for the family to help them live on.
Muslim Community: Ocean View Burial Park- 400 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC V5J1A4 Victory Memorial Park-14831 28 Ave, Surrey, BC V4P 1P3 Vedderview Garden Cemetery- 44675 Watson Rd, Chilliwack, BC V2R 2Y6 https://thebcma.com/Funeral.aspx The B.C. Muslim Association provides facilities for Ghusl at the Richmond Jamea Masjid, Surrey Jamea Masjid andBurnaby Masjid ul Salaam. There is a volunteer BCMA Men and Women Ghusl Committee who will assist the family in performing the ghusl under the supervision of a licensed funeral director.
First Nations Cemeteries- Across BC Most First Nation Communities around BC have access to their own cemetery. These are self governed and self managed. As a generalization most of them have been blessed by the local religious community.
Your Local Cemetery- Across BC Even if you don't choose one of the above cemeteries your religious traditions can still be accommodated. Speak with the cemetery staff to share your requests and make arrangements for your clergy to come perform the necessary rites.