The City of Calgary has a new strategy for the city's soon-to-be-full cemeteries: green burials and GPS locators for finding the dead.
Four of Calgary's five municipal cemeteries are full, and officials estimate the Queen's Park burial lands, which opened in 1940, will run out of space within 10 years. A council committee has approved a strategy that incorporates technology, including global positioning system units, and environmentally friendly techniques to make the most use of new cemetery land.
Two new cemeteries, approved for the southeast and the north of the city, will have sections for green burials, where there won't be any grave markers, said Archie Lang, the city's manager of cemeteries.
A family visiting the cemetery will be given a hand-held unit to find loved ones.
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My thanks to Albert Riezebos for telling me about this story.