Award-Winning Landscape Architecture
Meadowvale Cemetery has been providing service to the cities of Brampton, Mississauga and neighbouring communities since 1981. Meadowvale’s 131 acres are notable for a two-acre wildlife sanctuary, complete with a viewing platform. The fieldstone office and chapel were designed to blend into this rural landscape.
Meadowvale has received a number of awards, including:
- The Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects in 1983 for the landscaping and master plan for future development;
- Best of Class in the Institutional, Landscaping category and Best of Show in the Landscaping/Environmental Design category of the Brampton Development Design Awards 2000 for the Garden of Remembrance.
Meadowvale’s services and features include:
- A full range of interment choices providing for ground burial, cremation and mausoleum entombment;
- Veterans’ section;
- Korea Veterans Association National Wall of Remembrance;
- Garden of Remembrance'
- Visitation Centre.
The selection of ground burial options at Meadowvale includes:
- Single graves, which can accommodate two caskets
plus cremated remains and allow a flat marker;
- Single graves adjacent to a fieldstone wall, where a marker can be placed;
- Single graves that permit an upright monument;
- Larger lots of two or more graves that permit an upright monument;
- Urn spaces which permit an upright monument.
- Urn spaces adjacent to boulders where bronze markers or inscriptions may be placed.
This one-acre section has been created to offer families a more natural environment in which human remains can be returned to the earth as naturally as possible, and features the following:
- Each grave within this section permits the burial of one full-body casket and one cremated remains, or two cremated remains. Surface scattering is not permitted here.
- Embalming is not permitted, nor are burial vaults or outer containers.
- Caskets, shrouds and urns must be biodegradable, and caskets and urns may not contain lacquers or varnishes.
- Markers, monuments, or memorials are not permitted on individual graves. Instead, memorialization is limited to an inscription of on one of the four central feature granite obelisks.
- Tokens of remembrance, artificial flowers and/or live plant materials may not be placed on these graves.
- Grasses covering the gravesites will not be mowed, however, natural grass pathways will be maintained to discourage traffic on the graves within this section.
Increasingly chosen as an option in the commemorative process, cremation is simply one method of preparing remains for final disposition. Many who choose cremation will also want a lasting memorial, and a place for family and friends to go to pay tribute and remember. Often, the final resting place is in a columbarium, which is an arrangement of niches containing cremation urns.
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The veterans’ section at Meadowvale is notable for its central sculpture entitled “Conflict.”
Also in this section is the Korea Veterans’ Wall of Remembrance, Canada’s national memorial, dedicated in 1997 and containing 516 bronze plaques commemorating Canadians who gave their lives in the Korean War.
In recognition of veterans’ service to their country, the costs of interment rights in this section are reduced.
Garden of Remembrance
Meadowvale’s award-winning Garden of Remembrance consists of three theme areas in which ashes can be buried or placed in a niche:
- In the Eternal Gardens, low walls and floral gardens surround a central fountain. Urns can be placed within or adjacent to the walls, and markers are available for inscription. The Eternal Gardens also possess several columbariums, which feature colourful combinations of granite fronts;
- The treed area surrounding the Eternal Gardens, named the Memorial Lawns, allows for an upright granite monument next to an urn space for cremated remains;
- The natural boulders lining the shore of the Pond of Reflection accommodate markers or inscriptions above an urn space, while secluded alcove niches with bronze and granite fronts overlook the large, serene pond. Other granite-fronted niches are located across the pond, near the chapel;
- In addition, a columbarium in the fieldstone chapel has glass-fronted niches where small mementoes may be placed beside the visible urn.
Meadowvale Cemetery, Crematorium and Visitation Centre