Green Burial

Gabriola needs a new place for burials. We would like that place to be one that preserves and protects our natural environment.

The current Gabriola Community Cemetery is near capacity and dealing with issues of erosion. We recognize the love our residents have for this island and their wish to have their final resting place here, near family and friends. We are planning now so that we can honour and accommodate our community members final wishes in the future.

Finding a location is challenging.

The cost of land is high. Securing land for community use is difficult. Our beautiful island is fragile. We have to protect the groundwater, trees and soil. Our sense of well-being is dependent upon the health of the environment.

Denman Island Natural Burial Cemetery

A natural burial site using green burial practices is an answer for Gabriola. 

Green burial employs sustainable, environmental practices by avoiding chemicals harmful to soil and water. It ensures that the burial site design utilizes native vegetation and preserves the natural surroundings with minimal impact. Site designs may also include spaces for individual or community memorial and sitting, walking and gathering for visitors.

Green burial connects the past and the future. 

Green burial has existed through history and across many cultures. It avoids modern western funeral practices that are harmful to the environment. In this time of increased concern for our climate and preserving the natural environment, returning to the practice of green burial makes sense. 

Community Consultation

To create and realize this vision we will need community support. Please watch for our sharing of information in the Sounder or on Facebook, and come chat with us at a community market! There will be opportunities for consultation and participation as we proceed. Contact us at for more information, to become a member and to join our email list.

Want to know more? 

There are many resources covering a wide range of contemporary death care issues and options.You can find valuable information on the Gabriola Community Death Care Collective at

Salt Spring Island Natural Cemetery