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Lethbridge to become first Alberta community to offer green burials

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Lethbridge is getting set later this fall to offer green burials.

The city has an area set aside in the southwest corner of Royal View Cemetery on the north side.

Cemetery Services Manager, Hiroshi Okubo says Lethbridge will be the first community in Alberta to allow green burials.

The concept of a green burial is to leave it as natural as possible. We have built pathways and started treeing around the perimeter of the section. The grass, we’ve pretty much left it as is,” says Okubo.

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Okubo says they hope the first green burials will start by December.

The concept calls for a direct burial into the ground in a biodegradable casket or container and no embalming of the body. The body can also be wrapped in a biodegradable shroud which will also break down over time and all become part of the earth.

Okubo says there have been quite a few inquiries into the green burials here. He notes whether or not people choose to use that option he’s not sure, but it is something they want to offer to the community.

Okubo also says the green section at Royal View will have an area to accommodate around 1,400 burials over time.

People buried in that section can be memorialized on a series of boulders placed around the pathway system which will act as headstones.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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