For families who want to honor their loved one's passion and respect for the environment, A Sacred Moment provides assistance with a green burial.
Also known as an eco-friendly or natural burial, a green burial allows your loved one's body to rest in the earth without the use of embalming chemicals, in a biodegradable casket or shroud. It is a completely natural practice - just as our loved ones from past generations were buried.
Today most cemeteries have their own policies - which are not state law-requiring a burial vault (or liner) to support the soil above a buried casket. This helps keep cemetery lawns flat and easy to maintain, but it adds concrete, steel, copper, bronze, toxic embalming chemicals, and hardwoods (many tropical) to the earth. The practice depletes our natural resources and adds toxins to the soil. It also increases the financial burden for families choosing burial for their loved one's body.
Connecting families with cemeteries that do not require a burial vault or liner, A Sacred Moment coordinates green burials throughout the state of Washington. And as eco-friendly burials gain wide interest and acceptance - with developments occurring monthly - we provide the most current information and guidance for families choosing this natural option.
Watch this ABCNews video about Green Burials.
Listen to this NPR segment about burials going green.
Watch this YouTube video to learn more about Green Burials.
Green Burial cemeteries in Washington State:
- Woodlawn Cemetery - Snohomish
- The Meadow at Greenacres - Ferndale/Bellingham area
- White Eagle Memorial Preserve - Columbia River Gorge area
- Park Hill Cemetery - Vancouver, Washington (Pioneer Cemetery)
Additional Green Burial informational sites:
- Green Burial Council - Working to make burial sustainable for the planet.
- People's Memorial Association - "Helping Washington state residents with end of life arrangements since 1939".
- Funeral Consumer Alliance - Nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.
- Grave Matters - Author Mark Harris' weekly blog on home funerals and green burials
- The Natural Burial Company - Website for natural biodegradable caskets and green burial information
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.