In 2015, it came to our attention that there were three unmarked graves located in the northwest corner of the Taber Memorial Garden.
Aside from their name and date of death, we know nothing about these individuals. Most likely, they were buried as ‘paupers’, buried ‘outside’ the cemetery for any number of reasons often related to social status. A ‘paupers’ grave was commonly used for unknown, unclaimed or indigent individuals. As well, it has been suggested that criminals such as horse thieves and murderers were often buried outside of the cemetery gates to demonstrate to the community their ‘unworthiness’.
Feeling strongly that every individual, regardless of their social status, race or creed deserves the respect of a dignified burial, Southland Funeral Chapel made the decision to mark the graves of these three men.