Green Burial Services
What is a Green or Natural Burial?
A green or natural burial refers to returning a body to the earth as simple and with as little an impact on the environment as possible. For people who are mindful of the cyclical nature of life, a green or natural burial is a spiritually fulfilling alternative to conventional burial or cremation.
Principles of a Green or Natural Burial
- The body is not embalmed.
- The body may be wrapped in a natural garment or shroud.
- If a casket is used, it is to be biodegradable and free of synthetic materials.
- Concrete vaults/lines are not permitted.
- The site is left to rejuvenate naturally (i.e Landscaping of the burial ground is minimal).
Green Burial Certified
Essentials is one of a select number of funeral establishments who meet the criteria for providing green funeral services by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, non-profit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service.
Our services and merchandise provide options that allows for a funeral to take place, without the use of toxic or non-biodegradable materials/chemicals. Environmentally friendly caskets and shrouds are made available to respectfully transport the deceased to their final place of rest.
Preparation of the deceased, which is suitable for a green funeral service, accommodated by Essentials, consists of (and not limited to), an appropriately cooled atmosphere within our care suite, refrigeration, and the use of topical sprays (non-chemical).
Home wakes, public visitations, church funerals and graveside services are options that may be arranged within an appropriate time frame that a green funeral allows. Please don’t hesitate to ask or review our pricelist, for detailed information regarding our services and merchandise selections.
“Going green is not only a choice and a way of living, it’s a beautiful legacy and a way we can care for our planet after our death.” – Krystal Riddell, Managing Funeral Director/Owner
Green Burial Resource Links
Learn more about green burials by visiting these sites.
Willow’s Rest Green Burial Section
4501 Stanley Avenue
When we bid farewell to a loved one, doing so in a manner that respects their values and the legacy they wish to leave for future generations must guide our decisions for burial and cremation.
Of growing interest in Ontario and across Canada is the option of green or natural burials, which provides for an environmentally friendly end of life approach. Willow’s Rest, a two acre naturalized wildflower and native grass meadow, surrounded by approximately one hundred and fifty trees and watched over by the very old weeping willow tree (namesake), is the Region’s first green burial section. It is also home to six large Monarch Butterfly pollinator gardens, one serving as the primary memorial garden in the centre of the wild flower meadow. Visitors to the section will also enjoy the many wood sculptures, benches and garden features.
In comparison to the traditional interment and memorialization options, a green or natural burial in a beautiful and natural environment provides tranquility for loved ones wishing to be at rest with nature. Some see this as significantly poignant and representative of the cycle of life, traversing us from nature to nature. In essence, the body is returned to the earth to nourish the plants and create beauty.
Aside from being a natural and environmental choice, it also offers a cost conscious option, which is something families consider when planning funeral arrangements. During this time, green burial may be one decision that feels like the natural choice, and is perhaps the option you know your loved one would be proud of being made on their behalf.