Hopewell, Hanover Cemetery to be expandedMonday, June 21, 2021
HANOVER, Jamaica — Councillor Devon Brown of the Hopewell Division of the Hanover Municipal Corporation says the Hopewell cemetery is expected to undergo an expansion project soon.
This is due to the cemetery running out of space with the increased number of burials due to COVID-19 deaths and the growing population.
The Hopewell cemetery has also been facilitating burials from the Sandy Bay community nearby following the June 1, 2010 closure that community's cemetery when it ran out of space.
Noting that there are few vacant plots remaining, Brown said properties in nearby communities are also being looked at for potential establishment of a new burial ground for Hopewell.
As a result, the Corporation hopes to acquire lands adjacent to the cemetery for the expansion. If not, then a new cemetery will be acquired for the town.
Petra Vernon Foster, the president of the Hanover Parish Development Committee (PDC) — which has joined with the Corporation to resolve the issue — said the committee had located the owner of the lands adjoining the cemetery to start discussions about acquisition.
Meanwhile, Councillor Brown is advocating that a suitable alternative to the traditional tomb burial could be cremation.
“I know that in our culture this method of interment is not popular; however, cremation could be the answer going forward, as we may find in the future that constructing homes for the living may compete with constructing tombs for the dead,” he said.
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