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Lake Cowichan, with no cemetery, considers columbarium

01/26/2015 10:46 EST | Updated 03/28/2015 05:59 EDT
Picturesque Cowichan Lake, B.C. is a beautiful place to live, but now it could also be a final resting spot.

The town of Lake Cowichan is considering building a columbarium, an above-ground structure that holds cremated remains.

The town does not have any burial sites available for residents, who currently use burial and cremation services in nearby cities such as Duncan or Nanaimo.

A study found that the town doesn't own any suitable land outside of its flood plain.

Lake Cowichan Councillor Tim McGonigle said it's been an ongoing concern for residents who want a nearby site to memorialize their loved ones.

"We realize that it's not going to appease everybody, but those who choose cremation as their choice would have this option of being remembered within their own community," said McGonicle.

Those who prefer a burial would have to continue using services in nearby towns.

To listen to the full interview, click on the audio labelled: Lake Cowichan searches for places to rest in peace

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