Green Burials

If you are dedicated to an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, you can extend that commitment through to death with sustainable choices.

According to the Green Burial Council:

Green burial allows full body interment into the ground in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition. The three top defining characteristics of any green burial are absence of a vault, non-toxic preparation of the body, and use of containers made of organic materials. Green burial funerals provide families with a rich, meaningful, and healing experience while furthering legitimate environmental and societal aims such as protecting worker health, reducing carbon emissions, conserving natural resources, and preserving habitat.

We can help you plan a funeral with a green burial that meets these guidelines at a Chicagoland cemetery that offers 100% green and natural burials, such as Windridge Memorial Park in Cary, IL (pictured above).

You can also plan a hybrid natural funeral at an Elgin-based cemetery. Our local cemeteries permit burials in a shroud or biodegradable casket, but they will require vaults or grave boxes to maintain the cemetery landscape. You can choose an open-bottomed vault to ensure the body is in direct contract with the ground.

Sustainable Cremation Options

If you choose cremation, you can have your ashes scattered on private land in a natural setting, or in a scattering garden at a cemetery.

We can offer you many different types of sustainably-sourced urns, including urns that biodegrade in water or in the ground, and those that include a memorial tree which can grow directly above your cremated remains.

Contact our professionals at 847-741-1128 to learn more about your sustainable choices for end-of-life.