GREEN BURIAL

The Kearney difference

Green Burial or Natural Burial, is for those who aim to minimize their impact on the environment, who are mindful of the natural cycle of life, and seek a natural alternative to traditional burial or cremation. It is an environmentally-conscious and sensitive practice, where the body is returned to the earth to naturally decompose and contribute to and support new life.

How to be Green?

The qualifications for a green or natural burial should follow these guidelines:

  • Basic sanitation and preparation of the body.
  • The body is wrapped in a natural fibre, biodegradable shroud.
  • If dressing is requested, use biodegradable natural fibre garments (i.e.100% cotton, linen).
  • If using a casket, use sustainable, biodegradable caskets or alternatives that do not use toxic glues or metal attachments.
  • Liners or vaults are not used in the cemetery grounds.
  • The shrouded or casketed body is placed directly into the earth.
  • If embalming is requested, use of eco-friendly chemicals and embalming methods.


Ecological Restoration & Conservation

“Once a green burial has been completed, the surface of every grave is, after allowing some time for grave settling, planted with locally indigenous plant materials, using a combination of groundcover, shrubs and trees. These plantings will normally be done according to a pre-established planting plan designed to optimize the creation, enhancement and integration of the interment area into the greater local eco-system.”

Green Burial Society of Canada
https://www.greenburialcanada.ca/greenburial 


Cemeteries

(approved as Certified Green Burial Providers by the Green Burial Society of Canada)


Hybrid Green Cemetery 

(recognized by the Green Burial Council)


Green Options

Environmentally-friendly Casket and Urn Selection Available

  •  Natura

    Natura

  •  Willow

    Willow

  •  Seagrass

    Seagrass

  •  Bamboo Shroud with Ceremonial Willow Carrier

    Bamboo Shroud with Ceremonial Willow Carrier

  •  Bamboo Shroud

    Bamboo Shroud

  •  Eco-Pine

    Eco-Pine

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