Green Burial Options
"Green Burial" lessens one's impact on the environment and enables the circle of life more naturally. We provide green, or natural, burials, along with the kind of goodbyes you would like to surround them with.
With our friends at Green Burial Kingston (greenburialkingston.com), we are keen to see a green burial cemetery established here in the Kingston area. On March 23, 2021, Kingston City Council moved to study the options, report here. In June 2022, a motion was passed to make available 33 plots for Green Burial at Pinegrove Cemetery, near Brewer's Mills in Kingston. While this is exciting news, the plots are awaiting Provincial approval.
As Kingston builds interest in Green Burials, Sustainable Kingston has published a blog and a podcast featuring our own Sarah Reid.
Some suggestions for action if you too are keen about Green Burial:
- If you would like to join Green Burial Kingston, you can become a member on their website for $20.
- If you are interested in purchasing a plot at Pinegrove, contact Derek Ochej (he/him/his), Acting Deputy City Clerk, City Clerk’s Department, City of Kingston at 613-546-4291 extension 1252; email@example.com
- If you would like to pre-plan and/or pre-pay your wishes for a Green Burial, you can start here or call us at 613-544-3411; firstname.lastname@example.org
To clarify, the cemetery sells the plot and arranges the actual burial, with associated "opening and closing" costs. The funeral home comes to the place of death, transfers the deceased and prepares them for burial. If desired, the funeral home will host a Celebration of Life or Funeral and assist at the Graveside.
Glenwood Cemetery in Picton, one hour away, has Green Burial Grounds currently available within the cemetery. A section of the cemetery, in the woods, is a lovely spot for green burial or for scattering of cremated remains. Also, for years Cobourg Union Cemetery has operated Ontario's first Green Section for Natural Burials.
There are five principles of green burial:
- Use of biodegradable materials
- Ecological care of the grounds to help nature
- Communal marking with individuals mapped
- No embalming with formaldehyde
- No vault or grave liner
We offer a shroud or an environmental casket that uses plant-based and water-based adhesives and peg and dowel construction and tung oil finish. We also offer formaldehyde-free embalming, which is required for winter vault storage at some cemeteries. In this short video, our Bamboo Coffin, Shroud, Bio-degradable Urn, and Environmental Cremation Container are shown in our Selection Room.