The Green Burial organization partners with land trusts, park service agencies and the funeral profession to help consumers get the greenest burial experience possible. This type of "Green Funeral" helps to reducing toxins, waste and carbon emissions. Many of the group’s member cemeteries—you can find a directory on the Green Burial Council’s website—offer families the option of burying loved ones in more natural landscapes uncluttered by headstones and mausoleums. In place of a traditional headstone, for example, a tree might be planted over the grave and equipped with GPS coordinates.
Busch Funeral and Crematory Services makes available several Eco-Friendly "green" burial options and is one of a select group of funeral providers certified buy the Green Burial Council. This nonprofit organization encourages the use of burial as a means of facilitating the restoration, acquisition, and stewardship of natural areas throughout the United States. For these arrangements, formaldehyde-based embalming is prohibited and the use of metal or concrete grave liners, burial vaults, or other permanent burial containers is prohibited. Caskets, coffins or alternative containers used to enclose and transport the body of a loved one are made of biodegradable materials and we can provide these which are available in a range of prices.
Not using conventional non certified wood and steel coffins allows families to bury loved ones in more biodegradable wicker or cardboard, or in a casket made of wood certified as sustainably harvested by the nonprofit Forest Stewardship Council. Advocates of such greener burials say that some people take comfort in knowing their bodies will decompose and become part of the cycle of nature.
Even the practice of scattering ashes at sea can be performed in a “Green Funeral” method. Florida-based Great Burial Reef will place urns with cremated remains within 100 percent natural, PH-balanced concrete artificial reefs placed at the bottom of the ocean. And Georgia-based Eternal Reefs will mix your ashes with the cement they use to create “reef balls”—hollow spheres that resemble giant Wiffle balls that are sunk offshore. Loved ones equipped with the GPS coordinates can boat or even dive to visit the site of the remains.
Please contact us for more information on procedures, pricing and availability.