For those who want to be particularly attentive to the environment or do not find value in traditional funeral arrangements, a green burial may be the best choice. Green burial is a simple and dignified method of earthen burial in which your loved one is traditionally interred in the ground though avoids the practice of embalming with toxic chemicals, use of metal caskets or concrete burial vaults. This method truly embodies the teaching ‘ashes to ashes, dust to dust’.
For those who have lived their lives with sensitivity and respect for the environment, a green burial is a meaningful way to honor that lifelong commitment.
LIVE GREEN, LEAVE GREEN
Reasons to consider green burial:
- It’s a simple and natural process, with no embalming
- Burial takes place in a comforting, natural setting
- Use of biodegradable caskets or no casket at all
- No concrete burial vaults
- Safe and beneficial to the environment
There are three green cemeteries in the Tri-state area: The Riverview Natural Burial Grounds at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, NY (approximately one hour north of New York City), Steelmantown Cemetery in Woodbine, NJ (an approximate three hour drive from New York City) and Greensprings Natural Cemetery in Newfield, NY (approximately five and a half hours from New York City). All offer lovely natural settings and will surely comfort those who visit.