Green Funerals

"Environmentally friendly options for burial, cremation, and services"

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As more and more people become concerned about the effects on the environment of traditional burial and cremation, the consideration of a green funeral is becoming increasingly popular. A green funeral is an alternative to traditional burial or cremation because it is an environmentally friendly option . The thought behind a green funeral is to keep the process and products as natural as possible. The type of funeral service should naturally reflect an individual's character, their way of life, beliefs and ideals.

Please contact Garrity Funeral Home to further discuss the options and alternatives we can provide for environmentally friendly and Green Funerals.

Casket and Urn Selections

Green funerals include a casket or urn that is completely 100% biodegradable. Absolutely no plastic or metal is incorporated in the caskets or urn during their production. They are free of any stains, varnishes, oils, or animal products and only biodegradable, non-toxic glue is used. The wood used for the casket or urn should also be from sustainable, local forests.


Aside from the casket, the body must be prepared in an environmentally friendly fashion as well. This typically means that there is no embalming and no chemicals used, including cosmetics. Although, if embalming is requested by the family, a less-toxic embalming fluid may be used.


The deceased is commonly dressed in natural fiber clothing containing renewable sources, such as cotton, wool or hemp. Locally grown organic flowers or plants and grave markers that are unpolished and naturally shaped stones are also appropriate selections.


A conservation cemetery provides a sustainable and fulfilling solution for people seeking to leave a legacy of care and respect for the environment. The burial process supports and restores nature instead of destroying it. Currently there are no conservation cemeteries in the Midwest, but efforts are being made to establish a conservation cemetery in Wisconsin.


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