Sited in a wooded area near Sydney, the Acacia Remembrance Sanctuary highlights an alternative way of dealing with loss, the challenges of cemetery design and how people celebrate loved ones.
Set against an idyllic background of a 10.1 hectare of forestry, the contemporary cemetery focuses on instilling a site-wide experience with a specific focus on natural burials without headstones. The first of its kind in Australia, the memorialisation becomes the retention and protection of this unique bush ecology where GPS technology would be used to locate the resting place of loved ones.
“As societies become more secular, our attitudes to death and dying are changing. This shift in personal beliefs and philosophies is challenging the existing funeral industry and traditional cemetery establishment.”
The open-air pavilion called The Gathering Place will be framed by a reflective pond and surrounded by landscape gardens. The restful ambience is further emphasised by an adjoining café where visitors can enjoy a quiet landscaped courtyard with picturesque views and moments of peaceful reflection. The entrance to the scheme is marked by an elevated walkway which meanders above the landscape through the tranquil native park leading to the walled garden.