Metro Vancouver faces a shortage of burial ground, rising prices

Burial plots have become a hot commodity in Metro Vancouver, a spot in the Burnaby cemetery that is being privately sold online for $54,000.

The ad posted on Craigslist shows the plot has never been used and comes with a “double-deep lawn crypt” that can hold two coffins and two urns.

But it’s not just a lone ad. A scan of online marketplaces reveals numerous listings for burial plots ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 to $25,000 to over $50,000.

Cemetery designer Bill Pechet says demand for sites is growing in Metro Vancouver. But this region – surrounded by seas and mountains – is running out of space, increasing the cost of what is available.

Pechet told CTV News: “Like housing, this is a form, cemeteries are also experiencing spatial problems.

And just like real estate, those who don’t get in early can pay dearly for a place due to tight supply.

“Basically, with our limited land bank, it was inevitable that we would face these price spikes,” he said.

Some land is being transferred to make a profit, just like the apartments are on the real estate market. The better the location, the better the view, the more they fetch.

Most people are cremated in Metro Vancouver. Sometimes that is the choice, but often the high cost of a full burial makes it inevitable.

“I’m not complaining about people wanting to see their graves because people’s cost of living is going up. So why don’t people try and earn as much as possible?” Pechet said from his East Vancouver office.

However, he added, we must remember to respect the deceased, and those who have contributed to society. The lack of available space necessitates a rethinking of what options might be available to strike a balance between growing demand and respectfully resting people. For example, in Europe, they have cemetery recycling programs in which, with the consent of the family, the remains are respectfully moved and placed in the crypt or crypt.

“This was relatively new to us, and we finally got to the point where we had to start getting more creative and dig a little deeper, pardon our puns,” says Pechel. ,” said Pechel.

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