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Traditional burial or cremation? Trends to consider

Glenwood Chair Sandra Latchford with manager Helma Oonk at the new columbarium. Peggy deWitt photo

Many people are turning to cremation and the scattering of ashes over traditional burials and in response to the growing trend for cremation, Glenwood Cemetery has installed a second of four granite columbarium.

Glenwood Cemetery, in the heart of Picton, provide traditional full-casket burials, with or without a vault; cremation burials, in-ground of cremation remains or above ground in a columbarium niche and now its latest alternative is the scattering of ashes in the memorial forest.

“Burial isn’t everyone’s preference,” says Helma Oonk, Glenwood’s superintendent. “Also, the simplicity of cremation may be more affordable than a full-casket burial. There are many options available to make the cremation as personal and meaningful as a conventional burial. Once placed in an urn, cremated remains or cremains can be placed in a columbarium, buried in a lot or family plot, or ashes released in the new memorial scattering area as the final resting place. Glenwood Cemetery is at the forefront of providing perpetual care needs with a wide variety of burial options.”

Oonk notes many who choose cremation will also want a lasting memorial, and perhaps a place for family and friends to visit remains.

“Each compartment or niche can hold two urns and small personal mementos may also be placed inside. Inscriptions may be made on the black granite-fronted niches.
As the area with the beautiful Cook Fountain as the centre piece is being developed to accommodate cremations, Glenwood has also added burial lots along outer border of the design plan. Flat markers may be purchased to commemorate the departed loved one.”

Within a beautiful natural forest setting, with a path leading through mature maple trees, is a quiet and tranquil setting to scatter cremation ashes. Glenwood’s new memorial scattering area has many beautiful spring wild flowers including Jack-in-the-pulpits blooming among the rocks and natural forest cover.

“This is the perfect place for those who prefer the idea of having their ashes scattered,” says Oonk. “Memorial stones or plaques are available to remember your loved ones. Scattering of cremated remains is only permitted within the designated areas and must be supervised by a cemetery staff.”

Celebration of Life ceremonies at Glenwood can include the use of the historic stone chapel for a memorial ceremony. Visit the Glenwood Cemetery website, or call 613 476 3511 for more information.

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  1. fed up says:

    Glenwood is a beautiful place. I’m glad to see it evolving, so that it reflects the wishes of present and future generations, while preserving its historical and natural charm.

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