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All Souls returns to Mountain View Cemetery for 15th year to honour the dead through ceremony and celebration

October 25 2019 –

Mountain View Cemetery hosts its 15th annual All Souls from October 26 to November 1, with a week of events to honour the dead in a quiet, contemplative atmosphere.

Opening night is Saturday, October 26

The opening night of All Souls (Saturday, October 26 from 6:30pm to 10pm) presents music, warming fires, fragrant teas, and the chance to make personal memorials.

The cemetery registry will be accessible on opening night to anyone wishing to look up information on specific people buried at Mountain View.

Programming continues through November 1

October 27 to November 1, 7pm to 9 pm
Celebration Hall at Mountain View open nightly for tea and the creation of personal memorials. 

October 27, 7pm to 9 pm
An evening dedicated to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Girls and Women, with songs and ceremony for healing and commemoration. All welcome. 

October 29, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
An evening dedicated to remembering victims of hate, with music by the Vancouver Jewish Folk Choir. 

October 30, 7:30pm
Mourners’ Tea: a community conversation about death and grieving through personal experience.  

October 31, 7:30pm to 9pm
An evening of beautiful music with harpist Janelle Nadeau offers a quiet refuge from the chaos of Halloween. All ages welcome. 

November 1, 7:30pm to 8:30 pm
Closing night procession to the shrines throughout the cemetery. 

All events take place at Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street at East 39th Avenue. Mountain View Cemetery is wheelchair accessible.  ASL interpretation will be provided for all scheduled events. 

Get details on events

Mountain View Cemetery 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.

Find more information on the cemetery