Burial in the Meadow
At Sun Rising there are meadows of native wildflowers and grasses, offering spaces that are open and peaceful. As the seasons turn the meadows change: in spring the snowdrops grow through the soft damp grass, then daffodils and cowslips bring an array of yellows; as the summer comes the many different wildflowers burst into colour; by August they are going to seed, in purples and browns, before they are mown for the autumn and winter.
As with woodland plots, it is usually possible for the family to choose the exact spot they would like.
For the funeral itself and around new burial areas, the grass is mown. After a year or so, however, the grave begins to disappear into the flowers and grasses. No paths are mown through the meadows, the areas being mown just once a year, usually in late August or early September, depending on the weather.
Because of the annual mowing, plaques are not permitted on meadow graves. This is ideal for those who wish to be buried in total simplicity, without ego or memorials, disappearing into the flowers and the birdsong. For those who would like a marker, a slate memorial plaque, can be bought for a nearby memorial post. These posts are placed along the paths and trackways at the burial ground. Check our pages on Memorials.
Unlike in the woodland areas, when a loved one is buried in the meadow it is possible to reserve the adjacent plot.