Recently, I have discovered that the Byemoor Cemetery has passed a bylaw that prohibits the burial of ashes in the winter months.
My understanding is that you can bury a casket in a normal-sized grave, but can’t bury ashes.
If you have ever experienced the unexpected loss of a loved one, then you will know that the burial is a very difficult part of the process, to say the least. It’s the last moments that you spend with that person.
In my opinion, it lacks compassion to ask families to wait up to four months to say their final goodbyes.
The organization that oversees the cemetery does an amazing job. I understand that they are faced with many challenges in trying to keep the grounds in good condition.
It is, however, a cemetery, and people do need to have access at all times of the year.
I have written to the cemetery club and asked them to consider changing the bylaw.
I would ask that anyone reading this letter takes the time to imagine that if tomorrow you were faced with the loss of your husband, wife, son, daughter or sibling, would you be comfortable waiting until spring to bury your loved one?
If not, I urge you to contact the cemetery club and ask them to take a second look at their bylaw.