What is a green burial?
Green, or Natural Burial is focused on reducing the environmental impact on the earth. All materials used in the process, including the casket, shroud, and even clothing, is made up of biodegradable materials. Concrete vaults and grave liners are not used and there are generally no traditional monuments erected to mark the grave. Instead, a communal boulder, plaque, garden or fence is erected for memorialization. In some cases, an indigenous plant or rock can be placed at the gravesite.
Includes the following:
- Professional Services
- Basic Documentation
- Local Transfer from Place of Death
- Professional Staff Services
- Biodegradable Shroud or Casket
- Transportation to Green Burial *Location
*Within 100km radius.
We have always offered traditional services and products that create a meaningful funeral or cremation experience, but now we also offer services that minimize the overall environmental impact on our Environment.
These services result in the reduction of carbon emissions, toxification, and waste. From caskets and urns made of biodegradable materials, along with a partnership with Edmonton’s only Green Cemetery, we hope to aid in the reduction of carbon emissions, conserve natural resources, and preserve our habitat.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is considered a green burial?
The Green Burial Council believes cemeteries, preserves, and burial grounds can broadly be considered green if they meet the following criteria: caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. Green burial necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns.
Is a green burial cheaper?
The basic Green Burial option is less expensive than a traditional burial service but depending on the options added, it could be just as expensive or even more.
Our Green Burial package starts at $2295 and includes the following services: professional service fee, registration & documentation, local transfer from place of death, licensed staff services, biodegradable shroud or casket and transportation to the cemetery or place of natural burial.
Can I be buried without a casket?
Yes. A person can be directly interred in the earth in a shroud without a casket. Every cemetery has different regulations regarding the burial of human remains and not all have a dedicated natural burial section.