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Our office is not located at the cemetery. Our Cemetery Administrative Office is based at City Hall, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday. If you wish to meet with the Cemetery Clerk, please call 604-467-7307 to book an appointment.
Our Cemetery Caretaker is on duty Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Periodically the Cemetery Caretaker is scheduled to work on a Saturday or Sunday if there is an interment.
The Maple Ridge Cemetery and Whonnock Cemetery are owned and operated by the City of Maple Ridge.
The issuing of a Right of Interment does not entitle the holder to any title or interest in the land or lot, but instead provides for the right to inter the person(s) named on the Right of Interment. The payment for a Right of Interment does not include fees for interment, liners, or other charges, and is subject in every way to the current Cemetery Bylaw and any other future Cemetery Bylaw.
The definition of a resident is any person who:
Adult full burial plots, in-ground Cremation plots, and single or double niches may be purchased “pre-need” and placed on reserve. The Meadows South may only be purchased “at need” only.
Please refer to our current fee schedule.
The same cemetery fees apply to the Maple Ridge Cemetery and the Whonnock Cemetery.
Interments are held in perpetuity. There is no limit to how long someone can be interred for.
A portion of the price paid for the Right of Interment goes towards a maintenance care trust fund or perpetual care fund. Income from the care fund is used to provide regular care and maintenance at the cemetery in perpetuity. Regular care and maintenance activities can include: cutting grass, regrading of graves, planting and caring for trees and gardens, maintenance of water supply systems, roads, drainage, etc. The minimum amount to be contributed to the endowment care fund is governed by provincial law.
Perpetual Care Funds in B.C. are protected by law and are very conservatively managed. Income from the fund can only be spent on care and maintenance of the cemetery. The principal of a cemetery’s Care Fund is protected by provincial cemetery legislation.
In order to protect Interment Right Holders, strict provincial rules govern the use of cemetery lands. Graves are normally considered to be sold in perpetuity which restricts possible redevelopment.
Unless the marker is installed at the time of interment, our Cemetery Clerk will contact the family after the marker is installed.
When a death occurs, the person(s) with legal “control of disposition” will need to make arrangements through a Funeral Chapel or Crematorium. Funeral Chapels and Crematoriums are the ones that generate the death certificate, and the death certificate is one of the documents the Cemetery Clerk will ask to see. After visiting the Funeral Chapel or Crematorium, the person(s) with legal “control of disposition” will call the Cemetery Clerk to make an appointment. While making the appointment, the Cemetery Clerk will ask the person(s) with legal “control of disposition” to provide the deceased person’s last known address, date of birth, place of birth (City), date of death, place of death (City), which funeral chapel or crematorium was used, what the urn is made of if it is a cremation, and executor(s) information. A Right of Interment (this may already exist), and an Interment Authorization will need to be completed and fees paid in full prior to interment. Please note that if there is more than one Executor listed in the deceased person’s Will, the Cemetery Clerk will need to meet with all Co-Executors.
Control of Disposition means the right of a person to control the disposition of human remains or cremated remains in accordance with Section 5 of the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act as follows:
Control of disposition of human remains or cremated remains
5 (1) Subject to this section and section 8 (3) (b) (i) [requirement for authorization before funeral services or disposition], the right of a person to control the disposition of the human remains or cremated remains vests in, and devolves on, the following persons in order of priority:
(2) If the person at the top of the order of priority set out in subsection (1) is unavailable or unwilling to give instructions, the right to give instructions passes to the person who is next in priority.(3) If, under subsection (1), the right to control the disposition of human remains or cremated remains passes to persons of equal rank, the order of priority
(4) A person claiming that he or she should be given the sole right to control the disposition of the human remains or cremated remains may apply to the Supreme Court for an order regarding that right.(5) When hearing an application under subsection (4), the Supreme Court must have regard to the rights of all persons having an interest and, without limitation, give consideration to
All fees are paid in full at the time arrangements are made. They cannot be paid in advance.
Artificial flowers may only be placed in a Cemetery between November 15 and March 15. Cut flowers, wreaths and floral offerings placed on graves will be removed by the Cemetery Caretaker when their condition is considered by him to be detrimental to the beauty of the Cemetery. No person will adorn or define a grave with a fence, hedge, railing, curbing, or landscaping. Only authorized employees of the City of Maple Ridge can plan, remove, cut down, or destroy any trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, bulbs or rocks in the Cemetery. Any unauthorized adornment or landscaping that is considered by the Caretaker to be untidy or unsafe will be removed by the Caretaker at his discretion.
Only a Right of Interment can be arranged in advance. This is a one-time fee that includes the mandatory contribution to the Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund. Once purchased, the Right of Interment is not affected by fee increases. Full Burial plots, in-ground cremation plots, and single or double niches may be purchased “pre-need” . The Meadows South may only be purchased “at need”.
A Right of Interment can be surrendered back to the City only. It cannot be sold privately. If less than 30 days have passed since the date of original issue, the full amount of the original fees paid will be returned by the City. If more than 30 days have passed, a refund equal to the purchase price (less the Perpetual Care Fund contribution, taxes associated with the Right of Interment, and a transfer fee) will be issued back to the Interment Right Holder or designate. Graves purchased more than 10 years prior to the Right of Interment cancellation date, will receive the equivalent of the purchase price 10 years prior to the cancellation date (less perpetual care, taxes associated with the Right of Interment, and a Transfer fee).
The Director of Parks & Facilities may refuse to sell a Right of Interment for more than two (2) graves or niches to any one individual.
Depending on the type of interment, future costs could include the burial or interment fee, a full burial or cremation liner (if required), a full burial or cremation marker installation fee (also known as a marker permit fee), or a niche plate inscription fee, or a memorial plaque inscription fee. An additional weekend interment fee is applicable for Saturday and Sunday interments.
Interments do not take place on Statutory Holidays or deferred Statutory Holidays.
A Right of Interment for any unused plot or niche can be relocated to a different plot or niche; however, the Right Holder must first surrender the original Right of Interment to the City. A refund equal to the purchase price (less the Perpetual Care Fund contribution, taxes associated with the Right of Interment, and a transfer fee) will be issued back to the Interment Right Holder or designate. Graves purchased more than 10 years prior to the Right of Interment cancellation date, will receive the equivalent of the purchase price 10 years prior to the cancellation date, (less the Perpetual Care Fund contribution, taxes associated with the Right of Interment, and a transfer fee). A new Right of Interment will then be generated using the current fee schedule and current residency status.
When a plot or niche is reserved in advance a Right of Interment will be issued that is signed by both the Rights Holder and the City. You will need to provide photo ID at the time of purchase. Proof of residency may also be required.
The status of available interment sites changes daily. The Cemetery Clerk will be able to provide information on available interment sites.
For casket and in-ground cremation plots, we currently offer only single depth sites. For companions, the grave sites would be side-by-side. For a cremation interment there is a choice between an in-ground cremation plot, single or double columbaria, or the Meadows South garden.
Yes. In the event that Cremated Remains are placed in a full burial Grave in advance of a Casket to be interred in the same Grave, the Cremated Remains will be removed by the Caretaker at the time of the full burial and be reinterred on top of the Casket at no cost during the Casket interment.
Each full burial plot can accommodate one casket and a maximum of four sets of cremated remains. In the event that there will never be a Casket interred, there is still only a maximum of four sets of cremation remains allowed.
A liner is required for a casket burial unless the casket is one made of metal. Full burial liners are made of fiberglass.
In some cases, this can be a very complicated matter. No one should assume that because they are related to the loved ones buried on a cemetery plot that they can automatically have their cremated remains interred with them. If it is your loved one’s wish to have their cremated remains interred with a family member on a full burial plot, it is best to research whether it is possible before he or she pass away.The first step is to verify who the Rights Holder of a plot is with the Cemetery Clerk. A Rights Holder may make designations for his Grave(s) or Niche(s) during his lifetime. However, where a Rights Holder dies and did not designate persons entitled to be interred in the Rights Holder’s Grave(s) or Niche(s), the City may give approval to an applicant who makes application to the City to receive the Rights Holder’s Right of Interment or permission for an interment on said Grave(s) or Niche(s), if the applicant provides, as exhibits to a statutory declaration made by the applicant, any of the following: i) the Rights Holder’s will showing the applicant as the recipient of the Right of Interment; orii) letters probate showing the applicant as the recipient of the Right of Interment from the residue of the Rights Holder’s estate; oriii) letters of administration showing the applicant as the recipient of the part of the intestate Rights Holder’s estate that includes the Right of Interment. iv) a statutory declaration from the Rights Holder’s spouse claiming Right of Interment entitlement. In the absence of a spouse, a statutory declaration from all surviving lineal descendants of the Rights Holder claiming Right of Interment entitlement.Provided that subsequent to the coming into force of Cemetery Bylaw 7612-2020 , each person who purchases a Right of Interment and thereby becomes a Rights Holder must, contemporaneously with the purchase of the Right of Interment, provide to the Clerk a list of family members (the “Named Family Members”) who may be interred in the remaining plots held by the Rights Holder. Following the death of the Rights Holder the “Named Family Members” collectively may transfer an empty Plot or Niche back to the City, transfer a plot or niche to a Relative, or list further permissions for interment.
Upon arriving at the cemetery for the interment, please stop by the Cemetery Office and report in to the Caretaker. Please leave the cremated remains of your loved one in the car. You will give the Cremation Certificate (or Certificate of Cremation) to the Caretaker. This is a very important document, as the Caretaker will not be able to complete the interment without it. The Caretaker will have a conversation with you about the interment, after which you will get back into your car and drive to the interment site.
The graveside service is a matter of family preference and can be treated the same as a casket interment. For cremated remains families have the option of placing the cremated remains themselves or having the Cemetery Caretaker assist.
Cremation options at the Maple Ridge Cemetery are an in-ground cremation plot, a single or double columbaria niche, a garden interment in the Meadows South, or interment on a full burial plot.
Commingling of cremated remains is the intentional and irreversible mixing of the cremated remains of more than one deceased person.Yes, the commingling of two sets of cremated remains may be interred in the following areas of the Cemetery:
The person(s) having control of disposition must acknowledge that the result of commingling is permanent and irreversible. A Right of Interment must be issued for each of the deceased and fees paid indicative of two separate interments.
A fiberglass cremation liner is required when the urn is either breakable or decomposable (i.e. cardboard, wood, ceramic or glass. A cremation liner is not required when the urn is neither breakable nor decomposable (i.e. metal, plastic, stone, etc.) The purpose of a liner is to protect the cremated remains.
A columbarium is a free-standing structure containing small compartments (niches) designed to hold urns containing cremated remains. There are single niches and double niches at the Maple Ridge Cemetery.
The inside dimensions of a single niche is: 11”wide X 11”high X 11”deep. The inside dimensions of a double niche is: 15” wide X 14”high X 12” deep.
Each single niche can hold one set of cremated remains. Each double niche compartment can hold two sets of cremated remains or the commingle remains of two people.
The urn needs to be a durable container that seals. Families are welcome to use something from home as long as it meets size requirements.
The exterior hardware is a patented security system that requires a unique tool to remove the granite shutter. Behind the granite shutter each niche is secured with its own powder coated aluminum, key locked inner privacy door.
Each single or double Columbarium Niche plate is required to be consistent in layout, design and format as established by the City. The person(s) having control of disposition submit an order form to the Cemetery Clerk who soon afterward will provide a proof for approval. Once the approval is received, the Cemetery Clerk will have the monument company engrave the niche plate.
All memorial markers and niche plates will only be installed by the Caretaker, and only after the cremated remains have been interred. No person will affix any material to Columbarium face plates.
Only cremated human remains may be interred at the cemetery. Interment of cremated remains of pets is prohibited.
Unfortunately the old Rosegarden has been full since July 2014. No future interments will take place at this site. There is a memorial plaque at the old Rosegarden. You can arrange for the name of your deceased loved to be inscribed on the Memorial Plaque. Inscriptions are done in January for the prior year.
The same type of interment as the old Rosegarden takes place in the Meadows South, which is located in the southeast section of the Maple Ridge Cemetery by the Columbaria.
A marker installation fee is also known as a marker placement fee, setting fee or marker permit. Markers are laid by the Cemetery Caretaker only. When the marker arrives to the cemetery it is put into a concrete mold. Once the concrete hardens, the marker is placed on to the grave providing the interment has taken place. This fee covers the setting and laying of the marker.
If you wish a vase to be installed into the concrete rim of the marker, you need to order a vase from the monument company at the same time that you order the marker. When the marker and vase arrive to the cemetery together, this informs the Cemetery Caretaker that he needs to adjust the marker within the mold to leave more room at the top for the vase.
Please refer to our Cemetery Marker & Monument Regulations Guide.
Markers may only be laid for those loved ones already interred in the cemetery. You may memorialized a loved one by having their name engraved on the Rosegarden Memorial Plaque at the entrance way to the Maple Ridge Cemetery.
Please contact our Cemetery Clerk at 604-467-7307 for the plot location of your loved one or view the Maple Ridge Cemetery map.
Cemetery operations are required to keep permanent record of those interred in their cemeteries. Municipalities are only responsible for burial records in the cemeteries owned and operated by them.