Green Burials

Green Burials

Rosehill Cemetery is proud to be at the forefront of providing sustainable burial options for those in the Edmonton area. Our green burials at the Meadows of Rosehill allow people to be buried in a way that minimizes their ecological footprint, while still honouring the life they lived. For those who wish to return to the earth upon their passing, Rosehill Cemetery can help them do so. 

For more information on our green burials and the Meadows of Rosehill, contact us today. 

Minimize your ecological footprint

By choosing a green burial, you'll be minimizing the impact your death has on the earth. Traditional burials are carried out by placing concrete into the earth to house the casket, disrupting the biodiversity of the soil around it. Selecting a green burial at Meadows of Rosehill ensures your body simply returns to the earth from where it first came, providing a sustainable option for those who wish to leave the smallest ecological footprint possible. 

Returning the earth to the way it was

At Meadows of Rosehill, our green burials are designed to return the earth to the way it was before we opened up the one acre area for interment. We have instituted land-use policies that minimize the amount of disruption that is caused to the earth by the burials, with the overall goal of returning the meadow to its original state. This helps to promote biodiversity and animal habitation within Meadows of Rosehill, allowing it to flourish as a meadow once again in the future. We are very proud to be able to provide people with this service, as there are currently no other green burial cemeteries located within Edmonton. 

How does your green burial work?

Our green burials at the Meadows of Rosehill are designed to have the smallest environmental impact possible, while still providing families a way to respectfully honour the life of their loved one. Our green burials are carried out in the following way: 

  • The body is either placed directly into the earth with a biodegradable casket or burial shroud
  • No concrete burial liners are used in the Meadows of Rosehill
  • No embalming fluid is used to preserve the body
  • There are no individual headstones, memorials, or grave markers (though GPS coordinates for a specific plot are available for families who wish to visit)
  • A communal memorial denotes and remembers those who are buried within the Meadows of Rosehill
  • The deceased are not buried in specific plots, but rather ones that are available at the time of their death so as to minimize disruption to the earth

The goal of Meadows of Rosehill is to mitigate the ecological footprint of burials, so that in the future it would be virtually impossible to recognize the area as a cemetery. Instead, the grounds will have fully returned to the meadow that it previously was. 

Interested in a green burial?

If you would like to know more about our green burials at Meadows of Rosehill, please contact us today by calling (780) 434-5433 or by filling out the form below. We would be happy to discuss how we can help you minimize your ecological footprint upon your passing. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does a green burial cost? 

A: You can find the cost and details for our green burials within our pricing page. Please click here to visit the page.

Q: How does the GPS at Meadows of Rosehill work? 

A: Each surveyed plot is assigned GPS coordinates which are made available to the family, so they may visit the exact location where their loved one is buried if they so wish.

Q: Do I still need a funeral home for a green burial? 

A: Yes, you will still need a funeral home for one of our green burials. The funeral home will assist in transferring the deceased, registering the death with vital statistics, provide the family with a burial shroud or biodegradable casket, and provide options for the graveside service. 

Get In Touch

If you would like to learn more about our green burial service, please contact us by calling (780) 434-5433 or by filling out the form below. We would be happy to provide you with more information about this sustainable option and the Meadows of Rosehill. 

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