The Little Spirits Garden will be located at one of the highest points of land in the Burial Park. A wooded grove with towering trees, the site and its many features take advantage of a scenic vista and will also give privacy to families and visitors at the site. A simple pavilion will shelter parents and families who wish to conduct memorial ceremonies in remembrance of the loss of a baby. If cremation has taken place, the garden will have designated areas to scatter cremated remains at the site or in a communal ossuary.
Photo: Cheque presentation to Little Spirits Garden
Communities of small 'spirit houses', commemorative stones and simple cedar memory flags hanging in the woods will be just some of the ways that a loss will be remembered.
Natural stone tablets with traditional bronze memorial plaques attached will also create space for parents and families to place a personalized bronze memorial scroll in the Little Spirits Garden.
The Burial Park will also create a Book of Remembrance where parents, no matter where the death of their child may have occurred, can record the name and date a child was 'lost' to them.
The focus in the Little Spirits Garden, while including individual remembrance options, will be about the collective sharing and acknowledgment of the grief that parents, families and the community experience when a baby is lost.
The Little Spirits Garden will be made available to every family, regardless of financial circumstance, where they live, and where or when they may have experienced the loss of a baby.
Royal Oak Burial Park is a community owned, not for profit cemetery. Founded by the City of Victoria and the District of Saanich, the Burial Park opened in 1923. Donations made to the Little Spirits memorial will go only to the recovery of construction costs and the provision of perpetual maintenance of the site and it's commemorative features.