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Green Burials

What is a Green Burial?

A green burial is essentially a natural burial. It is an eco-friendly alternative to cremation or traditional burial. Green burials consist of placing a body in a simple grave directly into the earth as our ancestors have in the past. Going green has little impact on the environment; chemicals/embalming are not permitted, the body may be buried in a natural shroud/wrap or a number of biodegradable caskets and the use of concrete or other materials for the grave is forbidden, making a green burial a cost effective, simplistic option to honor both your loved one and the environment.

Benefits of “Going Green”  

Reducing Carbon Footprint:

As environmental awareness grows, people seek ways to minimize their carbon footprint. Opting for a natural burial helps achieve this goal. Unlike traditional burials or cremations, natural burials consume fewer resources and fossil fuels, resulting in a more favorable and smaller carbon footprint.

Cost Savings:

Green burials tend to be more cost-effective than conventional burials. The absence of embalming and simpler disposition processes contributes to the affordability. Additionally, eco-friendly caskets and shrouds made from sustainable materials are often more budget-friendly than traditional solid wood caskets.

Resource Conservation:

Traditional caskets, often crafted from wood and metal, require significant energy for sourcing. Luxurious woods like mahogany and cherry are commonly used, but their replenishment takes decades. In contrast, natural burials utilize biodegradable materials such as bamboo, cardboard, untreated wood, or cloth, promoting resource conservation.

Preserving Natural Habitats:

Green burials allow the body to return naturally to the earth. Without individual gravestones, above-ground natural habitats remain undisturbed. Native flowers continue to bloom, and trees thrive, creating a serene and beautiful environment for the departed.

Considering a Natural Burial?

Feel free to reach out to us today to explore our green burial services. Our compassionate team is dedicated to providing personalized care, ensuring your needs are met throughout the entire process. Let us assist you in making this significant decision.