Rosedale Funeral Home is a founder member of the Association of Green Funeral Directors, an organisation formed in 2009 to encourage funeral directors to become more green-minded in all aspects of their work and to help bring natural funerals into the mainstream.
Increasingly we are asked to advise families on environmentally friendly options and this can mean many things – reducing your carbon footprint, using local suppliers, using sustainable resources and ensuring Fair Trade for all. As a result we offer a range of traditional coffins that are made with wood from sustainable sources that have the FSC certification.
In addition, we have developed a range of coffins that are kinder to the environment than traditional options, including cardboard, bamboo, pine, willow and a lovely design made from wild pineapple leaf. The coffins that are sourced from abroad have been awarded Fair Trade status and the transportation is organised in such a way that no more fuel is used than for a car journey of under five miles. There are suppliers who can weave coffins from locally grown willow and others who can even involve the family in the weaving process if you want to get hands on.
Burial is more environmentally friendly than cremation, especially if you choose a local cemetery or churchyard. Woodland burial grounds offer a natural alternative to conventional burial and cremation options, and we work closely with Colney Woodland Burial Park where burials take place in circles around trees in a mature woodland setting and all the memorials in the burial park are biodegradable.
We are particularly proud to have worked closely with the Green Team from Wymondham High School, with whom we have developed a range of environmentally friendly ashes caskets.
Options include papier-mâché, cardboard, willow, dissolvable salt urns and bamboo, alongside the more traditional wooden urns which are made only from wood from sustainable sources.
For more information have a look at our ten tips for a green funeral.
Carbon Neutral Funerals
Rosedale led the way by becoming the first Funeral Director in the country to offer a carbon neutral funeral and in addition we offset our own carbon footprint.
Firstly we try to make the funeral arrangements as low carbon as possible; helping the family to consider how each funeral component affects the environment, such as the venue, the coffin, floral tributes, catering and printing. Carbon elements are then calculated and offset via a charity that was formed by a group of like-minded people who wanted to make a real difference to the fight against climate change.
In addition, the mourners are encouraged to offset their carbon footprint created by travelling to the funeral venue. If you have attended a carbon neutral funeral and have been requested to offset the carbon elements of your travel you can do so here.