A Halloween tradition at a Vancouver cemetery is going virtual this year

Oct 20 2020, 2:07 pm

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery, an annual artist-led, sacred event to honour the dead, is going online this year “to continue to provide the opportunity to remember those who have passed,” according to the City of Vancouver.

Over the past 15 years, Mountain View has hosted on-site programming and events for All Souls. However, in light of the public health measures currently in place for COVID-19, this year’s All Souls will be primarily made up of online events.

“The need to remember and honour the dead, whether they are buried at Mountain View Cemetery or not, may be even more poignant for people in these extraordinary times,” the city said. “All Souls organizers are working to create a beautiful and a safe environment for everyone.”

Starting on October 20, memorial box lanterns will be available outside Mountain View Cemetery’s office to take home and personalize.

Memorials may be brought back to the cemetery to be placed on one of the outdoor shrines starting October 28, or participants can post a picture of their home shrine on the All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery Facebook page.

On the evening of October 30, and afternoon of October 31, there will be a Mourner’s Tea: a community conversation about death and grieving through personal experience, will be hosted online.