As you will know by now, I am a big fan of Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery. Progressive, inclusive, very community spirited — they even have an artist in resident Ms. Paula Jardine.
Someone I have got to know over the past year or so is Facility Manager Robin Naiman. She brings such a sense of calm and trust to her work. When you meet Robin to discuss holding a memorial or celebration of life at Mountain View, you know immediately that you are in good hands. Intrigued by this graceful woman who knows all things related to the Celebration Hall where I have performed a number of Vancouver funerals and memorials, I thought it might be fun to ask her to tell us more about herself and how/why she came to her work at Mountain View Cemetery. You’ll love what she had to say:
“After working at the Vancouver Art Gallery for 18 years managing Facility Rentals I was seeking a new challenge. My work was valued at the Gallery as it assisted in supporting the arts, and it was important that my next role would enable me to continue to contribute to the community.
At Mountain View Cemetery’s annual “A Night for All Souls” event I met the manager Glen Hodges. Vancouver’s only cemetery is in the process of a major revitalization (it has effectively been closed since 1986) and at that time the new office, works yard and Celebration Hall buildings had just been completed. I was in awe of the new construction and impressed with Glen’s strong sense of helping families and the vision he presented for Mountain View.
It has been quite a learning curve leaving an art gallery and working at a cemetery, but in the time I have been here I have learned so much about the role a cemetery can play in an individual’s life and the importance of memorialisation. It is very rewarding to be able to help an individual at such an important time of their life, and the gratitude that they express is remarkable. It is exciting to be part of the future of the cemetery.”
If you are interested in holding a memorial, funeral, or celebration of life at Mountain View Cemetery, please contact Robin at the cemetery office. Her number there is 604.325.2646. And for more information you can click here to link to their webpage.
by Master Celebrant Michele Davidson