Green Burial Options
"Green Burial" lessens one's impact on the environment and enables the circle of life more naturally. We provide green, or natural, burials, along with the kind of goodbyes you would like to surround them with.
With our friends at Green Burial Kingston (greenburialkingston.com), we are keen to see a green burial cemetery established here in the Kingston area. On March 23, 2021, Kingston City Council moved to study the options. This is exciting but much work is ahead. If you would like to join, you can become a member on their website for only $20.
Glenwood Cemetery in Picton, one hour away, has Green Burial Grounds within the cemetery. A section of the cemetery, in the woods, is a lovely spot for green burial or for scattering of cremated remains. Also, for years Cobourg Union Cemetery has operated Ontario's first Green Section for Natural Burials. You may have a service or gathering with us and/or a Green Burial graveside service in either Picton or Cobourg.
There are five principles of green burial:
- Use of biodegradable materials
- Ecological care of the grounds to help nature
- Communal marking with individuals mapped
- No embalming with formaldehyde
- No vault or grave liner
On the right are Picton's Glenwood Cemetery staff and board members at their Open House about Green Burial on November 5th, 2019, from left: Mary Sinclair (marketing), Sandy Latchford (chair), and Helma Oonk (manager/cemeterian).
We offer a shroud or an environmental casket that uses plant-based and water-based adhesives and peg and dowel construction and tung oil finish. We also offer formaldehyde-free embalming, which is required for winter vault storage at some cemeteries.