Samuel Cline Perry, mortician and instructor of Green Funerals 310
The Green Burial Council and Pierce Mortuary Colleges continue to partner offering Changing Landscapes, GBC 310, a course designed to educate funeral professionals to the full spectrum of green funeral service. The course covers family and professionally directed home vigils, home and cemetery green burials, innovations to funeral service and disposition options, and ways that funeral professionals can adapt to meet the changing environmental and cultural expectations of the families they serve.
The first and only course of its kind is taught by GBC Compliance Specialist, mortician, and adjunct professor Sam Perry through the Mid-America College of Funeral Service, and it is open to all mortuary students and funeral professionals through Pierce Mortuary Colleges.
Course Description This course primarily explores the growth of ethical, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable green funeral service. Growing numbers of funeral consumers are expressing a strong interest in living—and dying—with a lighter hand on the land, creating a demand for innovative products and authentic services that they may not perceive to be available in standard conventional service. Many consumers have been drawn toward home funerals, home vigils, and green (or natural) burials, as well as biodegradable, fair-market, and footprint-conscious products. This course explores in depth the rise in environmentally-conscious products and practices, aesthetics and ethics. Learn how the contemporary perception of funerals is changing and how funeral service providers can meet their needs with integrity—and stay in business at the same time. Students who take and pass this course will be eligible to earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service from the Green Burial Council.
Become Certified Do you want to become a GBC certified practitioner? You can! Certification consists of two parts - successfully completing GBC 310 and passing the online GBC proficiency exam. By taking GBC 310 and passing, you will be eligible for the GBC proficiency exam. After submitting your certification fee ($150) and passing the assessment, you will earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Green Funeral Service. This certificate provides students with a foundation for offering environmentally sustainable funeral services in our modern world. This distinction allows students to express to their communities their passion for being a steward to our earth even in death. You will be listed in the Green Burial Council website under Green Funeral Certified Providers. Simply click on Become Certifiedto get started. Here are some helpful tips before you do: Guide 2. Good luck!
Partnering with the Green burial Council to inform professionals about environmentally responsible funeral service