Candles with flames in the dark

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery moves online

October 20 2020 –

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery, an annual artist-led, sacred event to honour our dead, moves online this year to continue to provide the opportunity to remember those who have passed. 

Over the past 15 years, Mountain View has hosted on-site programming and events for All Souls. 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, and All Souls organizers are working to create a beautiful and a safe environment for everyone.

Key dates for All Souls 2020

Starting October 20

Memorial box lanterns

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 post a picture of your home shrine on the All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery Facebook page . (Please remember to observe social distancing guidelines if visiting the cemetery.)

Names you would like to honour

All Souls invites everyone to send in the names of people they would like to honour, which will be written on the triptych that has anchored the event since the first year.

Send names:

October 28

Posted on Facebook and Instagram

Videos and photos of the lighting of the central fire, the writing of the names, the shrines, and candle-lit spaces will be posted on Facebook and Instagram (@allsoulsmvc) from October 28 through November 2.

October 30 (evening) and October 31 (afternoon)

Mourner's Tea

Mourner’s Tea, a community conversation about death and grieving through personal experience, will be hosted online.

Details and to register:

About the cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery, located at Fraser Street and East 39th Avenue, opened in 1886 and is the only cemetery within Vancouver. Owned and operated by the City of Vancouver, the cemetery is an important civic space and provides interment options and event space.

The cemetery is a reflection of Vancouver’s history, serving as the final resting place of almost 150,000 people, including several past mayors, veterans from World Wars, and people representing varied faiths, ethnicities, ages, and contributions to Vancouver’s past, present and future.

Learn more about the cemetery