Wednesday, November 18, 2015
What is so remarkable about this patch of grass you may ask? Why even mention it? There's nothing there, right? Take a closer look.
If you were walking through this area and looked down, you would see simple grave markers. These peaceful, green acres are where the dead of Riverview lie.
Not all deceased mental patients were buried at Riverview though. 200 were laid to rest at the Coquitlam cemetery on Robinson Street and countless others were buried in New Westminster at a graveyard shared by the Provincial Hospital for the Insane.
Not all of them were mental patients either. Some were staff and others were family of the patients who wished to be buried near their loved ones.
In November of 2013, a retired reverend and Port Moody resident who served as a community support for the Riverview chaplaincy program held a multi-faith service to remember the people buried there.
Thanks to BCLocalNews.com for the above information.
I hope you find the beauty around you.