The cemeteries have been in the city since the early 1900s, according to Andrew Knapman, Location Manager at Forest Lawn Funeral Home.The funeral homes were built more recently, and Forest Lawn had a major renovation within the last few years.
“It’s very beautiful,” Knapman says. “It’s been updated, and it’s very stylish and comfortable.”
According to Knapman, the cemeteries are the most centrally located large properties in the Lower Mainland that still have space available.
“We certainly get a lot of people from Burnaby because they’ve grown up around us and they know us,” Knapman says. “But we get people from all over.”
Both cemeteries are also conveniently located next to the funeral homes, he adds.
The funeral homes honour events such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day by holding an open house where families can light a candle and gather in the reception lounge for coffee and tea before visiting the cemetery. On Remembrance Day, the funeral homes offer small Canadian flags for those who wish to place them on veterans’ graves.
The funeral homes belong to the Dignity Memorial network. Dignity Memorial®’s parent company, Service Corporation International, received the J.D. Power Award for its dedication to service excellence this year.
“We always feel that we only have one chance to get it right,” Knapman says. “So we do our very best, every time, for every family.”
To find out more about making arrangements with either Forest Lawn or Ocean View funeral homes, call 1-800-34-DIGNITY or go to www.forestlawn-burnaby.com and www.oceanviewfuneral.com. Forest Lawn is at 3789 Royal Oak Ave. and Ocean View is at 4000 Imperial Street.