Mordecai’s Meadow

In the Spring of 2016, Oakwood Cemetery opened Mordecai’s Meadow, a green burial section located in the North West section of Oakwood Cemetery. Green Burial is simple and natural. It reunites our bodies with the earth using biodegradable caskets, no embalming fluids, and no concrete or metal vaults. It allows the cycle of nature to be completed, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Mordecai’s Meadow at Historic Oakwood Cemetery will allow members of our community, who wish to “return to the earth” to do so in a peaceful, yet urban, environment, surrounded by generations of Raleigh citizens who passed before them. Oakwood is returning to it’s roots, and offering a burial option that looked much like the original burials here at Oakwood in the 1860s.

As we return to the “traditional” way of burial with this section, the name Mordecai’s Meadow was inspired by the original burials at Oakwood Cemetery and the previous landowners of our grounds, the Mordecai family.

If you would like to see the full Green Burial Guidelines for Mordecai’s Meadow, please contact or call 919-832-6077.