Q. Can anyone be buried in these sacred spaces?
A. The two cemeteries (i.e. casket and urn plots) are reserved for members of the parish and their families. The columbarium and scattering garden (located within the St. James Cemetery property) are open to members of the community. In all cases burial and/or scattering rights must be purchased through the Cemetery Coordinator (see contact info in subsequent questions).
Q. How do I find out more about the cemeteries and/or arrange for a burial?
A. Your first step is our Parish Administrator Cathy Yocom. If you already have a burial plot and are currently arranging for the burial of a loved one it is quite typical for your Funeral Home (i.e. Tubmans or Cole’s) to make the initial call to the Cemetery representatives listed above.
Q. Are the ashes really ‘scattered’ in the Scattering Garden?
A. Yes and No ~ there is a small hole put in the garden that the ashes are to be placed in (without anything else such as the bag, etc.). As the ash makes its way to the top of the hole the ash will scatter and be combined with the dirt. This is not a job that everyone would feel comfortable doing and as such you might feel most comfortable having Rev. Mary-Cate help you with placing the ashes in the garden.
Q. How do I purchase/arrange for burial in the columbarium or the scattering garden?
A. To purchase a burial space in the columbarium please contact Tubman Funeral Homes at 613-722-6559. To purchase a space in the Scattering Garden please contact the Parish Office
Q. How do I arrange for a service in the church or at one of the burial locations?
A. At the time of death or burial you can contact the Rector (the Reverend Mary-Cate Garden ) to discuss a service time and details. She can reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Parish Office at 613-839-3195. It is best to not confirm a service time and date with family and/or the funeral home until you’ve spoken with the Rev. Mary-Cate. Please note that the Rector of the parish is the only clergy permitted to do burials in any of our sacred spaces. However if you seek to have another clergy person to lead a graveside service you can discuss with the Rev. Mary-Cate. Church services are only lead by Rev. Mary-Cate but at times she can ask another clergy person to do one of the readings and/or participate in other ways with her.
Q. Can visitation be done in the church prior to a service?
A. Yes this can be discussed. It is best to have a conversation with the Rev. Mary-Cate to consider space, temperature, convenience and whether this is the right choice for your family. However please note that visitation in the church prior to a service is a most welcome discussion.
Q. Can I visit the cemeteries?
A. Yes you may, weather dependant. If you are at St. James please ensure that you close the gate behind you when you leave. The cemeteries are not ploughed in the winter and thus are closed. In the spring season please be careful of the wet ground (particularily at St. James).
Q. What are the ‘rules’ of the cemeteries?
A. All holders/purchases of plots in either cemetery will be provided with a copy of the by-laws and regulations for the cemetery. If you would like a copy of these please contact the Parish Office
Q. What are the cemetery costs at St. James and Christ Church ?
A. Please contact the office for all questions relating to the purchase or burials at our cemeteries
Q. Do you hold Memorial Services each year?
A. Yes. We typically hold an annual cemetery service for each of our cemeteries in June. We also hold an Annual All Souls Vigil to remember those who have died. Please check out the calendar on this website to find out the dates of these services or call the office at 613-839-3195.
Q. What if I am looking for genealogy information?
A. If you are looking for family history please call the office 613-839-3195. Depending on various factors (i.e. how much information you have, what the date of death was, etc.) the office may direct you to the Diocesan archives to search for historical information.
Q. What if I have additional questions?
A. Give us a call at the Parish Office at 613-839-3195.