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Mountain View Cemetery hosts All Souls events to honour dead through ceremony and celebration

October 22 2018 –

Mountain View Cemetery will host a series of events that honour the dead through ceremony and celebration, when All Souls returns to the cemetery from October 27 to November 1.

The 14th annual All Souls offers everyone the opportunity to remember their dead, whether they are interred at Mountain View Cemetery or not, in a quiet atmosphere of contemplative beauty.

Opening night

The opening night of All Souls (Saturday, October 27 from 6pm to 10pm) presents:

  • Music
  • Warming fires
  • Fragrant teas
  • The chance to make personal memorials

The cemetery registry will be accessible on opening night for finding information on specific people buried at Mountain View.

All Souls programming through November 1

Sunday, October 28

Time: 3pm-5pm

Event: Mourners' Tea, a community conversation about death and grieving through personal experience.

Sunday, October 28 -  Thursday, November 1

Time:  7pm-9pm

Event: Celebration Hall at Mountain View open nightly for tea and the creation of personal memorials.

Tuesday, October 30

Time: 7:30pm and 8:30pm

Event: The Little Chamber Music Series That Could presents The First Stage by Joelysa Pankanea, featuring music for seven voices, marimba, and double bass. (Performances are 20 minutes.)

Wednesday, October 31

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

Event: An evening of beautiful music with Guzheng harpist Jessica Yee, offering a quiet refuge from Halloween.

Thursday, November 1

Time: 8pm-9 pm

Event: Music by East Vancouver orchestra Balkan Shmalkan accompanies the closing night procession to the shrines throughout the cemetery.

All events take place at Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street at East 39th Avenue.

Get event details 

About the cemetery

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.