Mt. Lorne Cemetery Survey
This survey is to determine the level of support of Mt. Lorne residents for the creation of a cemetery in our community. Our population is aging—presently 39% of Mt Lorne’s population is over 50. Over the years there have been suggestions made to the Local Advisory Council, Lorne Mountain Community Association and at a public meeting that there are residents who would like to have a cemetery in Mt. Lorne.
A group of residents have established a cemetery society and have done some preliminary work to find out what the requirements are in the Yukon to create a cemetery and to look at several possible locations. Presently the most likely location for the proposed cemetery, after consultation with the Yukon Government and the First Nations is a 2 hectare parcel of land across the Annie Lake Road from the community centre and along Thomson Trail.
Our initial thought on the type of cemetery is that it would follow the Natural/Green burial guidelines. A cemetery, can broadly be considered green if they meet the following criteria: caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. Green burial necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns. If you want to find out more about this practice a good resource is the Natural Burial Association
This project is at a very preliminary stage. There are many things yet to do before it can become a reality, such as a Yukon Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment Board (YESAB) application, establishment of bylaws and operating procedure, etc. But first we must know that the community supports such a project, so please take the time to complete our short survey.
The information gathered in the survey will be used to help justify and engage Yukon Government (YG). All respondents' names will be kept private. However we need to ensure that the participants live in our area, are real people and eliminate any duplicate responses.
Proposed Cemetery Location
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