O.U.R. Commemorative Legacy Scattering Grounds: a green burial alternative

By: O.u.r.ecovillage  09-12-2011

The Commemorative Legacy Project

is the Green Burial initiative at O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE.  We are offering people a natural, conservation space to scatter the cremated remains of their loved ones and commemorate their lives; providing the departed with a way to make their final wishes their legacy.

What are the Commemorative Conservation Grounds?

The Commemorative Conservation Grounds are located in our Woodland Conservation Sector, and are reserved for the scattering of cremated remains. The Commemorative Conservation Grounds are part of the Protect O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE Forever campaign with TLC, to protect the entire 25-acres of land and the activities of O.U.R. Ecovillage for generations to come.

Who is The Land Conservancy of BC?

Since 1997, TLC The Land Conservancy of BC has been saving special places throughout the province for today and future generations. As B.C.’s leading charitable land trust, TLC has protected more than 300 properties or 125,000 acres of fast disappearing natural areas, historic sites, farms and ranches, and places of community and recreational importance.

Why cremation?

How is this option more environmentally friendly than conventional cremation?

In order to scatter cremated remains on our Commemorative Conservation Grounds, decedents are not to have been embalmed, or embalmed only with approved nontoxic chemicals*. In addition, cremation containers and urns are to be limited to those made from materials that are nontoxic/nonhazardous and natural/plant derived.

*cremated remains, which circumstances of cremation do not comply with these criteria may still be appropriate for scattering. Please contact us for more details.

Is this the right choice for me?

Making the choice to scatter cremation ashes on our Grounds to commemorate one’s life is an environmentally sustainable end of life option. Our Grounds provide a natural sanctuary for loved ones to rest and friends and family to visit.

Offerings include scattering of cremated remains over a chosen resting place in the Commemorative Conservation Grounds, as well as ceremonial services. Our services are intended to honor a wide variety of philosophical and spiritual traditions and embrace the unique wishes of individuals and their families to ensure a supportive, sacred and dignified transition.

How can I begin to plan my legacy?

Choosing to return to nature means choosing sustainable well being for the land, ourselves, and our worldwide village. Here’s how to make your final wishes become a lasting natural legacy for generations to come:

1. Complete an Application Package

Please contact us for an Application Package

2. Choose to contribute in the following ways

Contribution Offering Description
Woodland Contribution $5,000 + Facility Use for End-of-Life ceremony, Recognition on Commemorative Conservation Plaque on Legacy Wall, 1 Orchard or Forest Tree planting
Orchard Contribution $2,500 – $5,000 Recognition on Commemorative Conservation Plaque on Legacy Wall, 1 Orchard or Forest Tree planting
Commemorative Contribution $1,000 – $2,500 1 Orchard or Forest Tree (minimum donation to TLC for Scattering rights)

Once your Application Form has been received by us and you have made a contribution to TLC, we will send you a certificate in the mail which states that you are officially registered with the Commemorative Conservation Grounds.

3. If you are making arrangements now, you may choose from the additional offerings

Additional Offerings
Ceremony and Events Honor loved ones with a sacred ceremony or end of life celebration
Facility & Site Use We have a variety of beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces for ceremony, gatherings and local food feasting.
Accomodations Choose from private or group space in our guesthouse, the Healing Sanctuary, Yurt or campground.
Meal Services Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are available
Event Catering Locally grown organic foods prepared by our on-site culinary artists.

*Ask us about our Eco-friendly caskets and urns or how to purchase a legacy wall plaque

For more information on general Bequests, our Monthly Donor Program and all other inquiries please contact us at:

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

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