For the Public
On the Way to the Green Burial Cemetery: A Guide for Families
For many of us, what to do when someone dies is new territory. When they have chosen to be buried in a green cemetery, it may be particularly unfamiliar. This booklet is designed to walk families through prior to the experience so they won’t be surprised by what they are about to see and participate in.
The Science Behind Green Burial
From how bodies decompose to what the ramifications are on soil and water, this article discusses the major science-based concerns many people have regarding green burial.
To Lie Down in Green Pastures: How the Catholic Church is leading the way in green burial
The recent encyclical on nature and the environment by Pope Francis brought Catholic doctrine and the fast-moving trend toward green burial in Catholic cemeteries into alignment. Read why the Church is supporting and, in fact, leading the way by creating hallowed ground designated for unfettered, earth to earth, full body burial for the faithful.
The Environmental Impact and Potential Human Health Effects of Cremation
Natural burial may not be available near you, or other factors make it more feasible to cremate. Still want to do the best you can for the planet? Learn more about cremation and options for disposing of byproducts in keeping with your environmental ethics. Learn more about other disposition options here.
Opening, Closing, and Maintaining a Green Burial Cemetery
Though each green burial ground will have region‐specific soil, water, plant, animal habitat, and cultural differences and concerns, these basic suggestions may be useful when developing your cemetery’s procedures and protocols.
Start-Up Tips for Green Burial Cemetery Operators
This comprehensive walk through is designed to help would‐be green cemetery operators parse out some of the appropriate and necessary steps to take in opening or converting cemetery space.
Offering Green Burial Options in Your Hybrid Cemetery
If you are a cemetery trustee, member of a cemetery or historical commission, selectman, town clerk, city registrar, town or city planner, public works superintendent, or county official in some capacity that oversees cemeteries, this is the how-to for you.
Suggested Green Goods and Services for Funeral Professionals
This simple list was created with the help of the Federal Trade Commission, and it is meant to widen the scope of what professionals may choose to offer green burial and home funeral families. It is excerpted here from the book Essentials for Practicing Home Funeral Guides.
What Every Funeral Director Needs to Know About Green Funerals: A Handbook for Funeral Directors
From preparing the body for green burial to knowing what to expect at the cemetery, this guide informs funeral directors for the green burial experience.
Planning & Advocacy
Your Green Burial Planning Guide
A succinct, easy to use fill‐in worksheet that helps define goals, indicate preferences and choices, and identify persons designated to complete an individual’s final wishes.
Going Out Green: Four Ways to Ensure an Eco-Friendly Burial
A detailed explanation of what you can do and what to look for when searching for green burial space.
10 Things You Can Do or Say to Promote Green Burial
Persuasive talking points and facts that support the concept at your fingertips. Sometimes it's not just what you say but how you say it. If you are eager to have a green burial cemetery near you, try these tips for helping others understand what you need.
Glossary of Green Burial Terms
Be a better advocate for green burial by knowing what all those terms mean. Advocates have worked together to make sure we are all singing from the page. And learn stuff you never knew you needed to know!
Green Burial Council
2720 Cold Springs Road
Placerville, CA 95667