GREEN BURIAL IS A CONTINUUM
Regarding disposition methods, if we hope to encourage decomposition
and offer our material bodies as a gift back to the earth,
a shrouded and un-embalmed body in a shallow grave with no concrete
vault or headstone with cement footings is the most effective
achieve this aim. However, green burial is a continuum that must
go hand in hand with our beliefs, our means and also what is possible
in our local jurisdictions. There are many ways to make our
deaths less harmful to the earth such as saying ‘no’ to embalming or
a softwood casket with no metal screws or toxic glues.
Unfortunately, in the highly competitive death industry many have
to “greenwashing” or offering ‘green packages’ that may be
only slightly less hazardous than conventional burial.
Currently there are no green/natural burial cemeteries in Québec.
However there is one cemetery in Prévost
that will inter cremains (ashes) without an urn or
using the bio-urn
which includes a seed of a native tree-species so a
tree can grow where the ashes are buried.
Deathcare Québec encourages everyone to reach out to your local
communities to become informed of the possibilities in your area.
Do your research.
Contact your local cemeteries to talk about
Contact your local funeral homes and ask about
As you research and engage in the process of
preparing for your own death, you may begin to feel that you are making
and broadening the horizons of your own
community. This is what community deathcare is all about!
Different TYPES of BURIAL GROUNDS:
A HYBRID CEMETERY is a conventional cemetery with a green burial
allotment, offering the option for burial without the need for a vault
(partial, inverted or otherwise), a vault lid, concrete box, slab or
partitioned liner. Hybrid cemeteries do not require the embalming of
and must allow for any kind of eco-friendly burial containers
A NATURAL BURIAL GROUND is one in which burial containers like vaults
and grave liners are prohibited. Bodies cannot be embalmed
containers used must be made of natural or plant-based materials. The
area is managed as naturally as possible.
Machinery will be kept to an
absolute minimum, as will the use of markers (ie: you won't see ornate
headstones in a natural burial ground).
Natural burial grounds will
also prohibit the use of pesticides to maintain the grounds.
A CONSERVATION BURIAL GROUND involves an established conservation
organization that holds a conservation easement
or has in place a deed
restriction guaranteeing long-term stewardship, further legitimizing
the interest of land conservation.
This type of burial is exactly like
a natural burial, but with stricter standards.
(Source material: https://www.greenburialcouncil.org/our_standards.html)
GREEN DEATHCARE MOVEMENT
EARTH FRIENDLY BURIALS FOR THE ENVIRONMENTALIST
WHAT IS GREEN OR NATURAL BURIAL?
History of Embalming
Myths about Embalming
Truths about Embalming
ISN'T CREMATION GREEN?
AQUAMATION -- A GREENER ALTERNATIVE TO CREMATION?
LAWS & LOGISTICS
EDUCATE YOURSELF, MAKE A PLAN