Saturday, October 26, 2013

Memorial Service at Riverview Cemetery

 "A Memorial Ceremony at the Riverview Cemetery"

Update:  photo from the event, nice sunny day.

Article in the newspaper:  Remembering Riverview’s dead  
We even have a Jane Doe interred there, who knew?

Now is a timely opportunity to ensure that the religious/spiritual Life of Riverview is given proper recognition and attention.

In the midst of high profile debatable issues around Riverview, a pause needs to be taken in order to remember and to celebrate the sacred history of the Riverview "Estate" Lands.

As a significant part of this recognition, a Memorial Ceremony is being planned for Sunday afternoon, 17th November. It is to be held in the Cemetery, off Lougheed Highway, at the eastern side of Riverview garden.

The Ceremony will honor, not only the religious programs of the "Estate", but even more so, the people who are buried and resting in peace in the cemetery. Beneath the shadows of the ancient oak trees growing along Orchid Avenue, the promise of a new future is imagined and hoped for as individuals are remembered and their lives celebrated.

Over 1,000 headstones, flush even with the ground, mark their individual places. Their 'resting in peace' in the hallowed ground acknowledges who they are and to whom they belong as much as the sacred identity and integrity of Riverview itself.

The Ceremony will include prayer, song, readings, and the scattering of flower petals by different leaders in the community. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the event which begins at 2:00 p.m.

The Memorial Ceremony is intended to provide that opportunity to build community awareness and to express gratitude for the heritage of the Riverview "Estate" Lands.

Further details can be obtained from Rev. David Spence (604-469-1164).

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Save the Riverview Hospital lands

The Riverview Hospital lands, are under pressure to be developed into market housing. Help to save the lands as a healing sanctuary for the mentally ill of OUR Province.

Please join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society,( RHCS ) Facebook page. Twitter too!

Please sign the On-line petition or download a Word document petition ,which is a more official type of petition.
Blogs, about the hospital grounds
Mike Farnworth,MLA; Facebook forum " Protect the Riverview Lands"
And another Facebook group: Riverview Preservation Society
this group also has a petition to sign.

Click-able Map of the Riverview site

BISCO -- Brookside-Leeside-Roadside -- Centre Lawn -- Colony Farm
Crease Clinic -- East Lawn -- Essondale Hospital
Finnie's Garden -- Henry Esson Young -- Hillside unit
Home for the Aged-Valleyview -- North Lawn
Nurses homes -- Pennington Hall -- TreeFest -- West Lawn
John Davidson; "Botany John" blog. He was the first Provincial Botanist, who created British Columbia's first Botanical Garden at Riverview.
Other groups involved Riverview Horticultural Centre Society
Who also have a media NEWS Blog
You can also download a 42 page report titled, For the future of Riverview created by the Riverview Task Force.
Or Burke Mountain Naturalists, report: The Riverview Hospital Site, Respecting its Past,Realizing its Future
Coquitlam has designated the buildings and grounds, as a heritage site.
Download the Statement of Significance; SoS report PDF

Tour through the grounds

Paul Buikema, of Progress Landscaping, created this video.

Treefest 2011 slideshow

A slideshow of images from the Tree festival of 2011. Created in HD. Enjoy.

Riverview trees

Finnie's Garden -- slideshow

Finnie's Garden -- Pond restoration slideshow

TreeFest -- slideshow