What does it mean to have a “green” burial?
A green burial, or natural burial, is a simple method of disposition. Chemical preservatives are not used and decedents are buried in an environmentally sustainable casket or simple shroud.
To encourage land preservation, a green cemetery grants a conservation easement for the burial site. A natural burial site for your loved ones promotes growth of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, in turn bringing birds and other wildlife to the area. Water is not wasted nor pesticides used in efforts to control nature. Instead, a green cemetery allows nature to bloom. Planting native trees, shrubs, and flowers in your loved one’s honor promotes habitat restoration.
Please talk to your Bleitz Funeral director for information about how to give your loved one this farewell.
Can there be a viewing and then a cremation?
Yes. A decedent can be embalmed for a viewing and cremated afterward.
What are biodegradable urns?
Bleitz Funeral offers popular and beautiful models of full-size urns and sharing urns that slowly and safely disintegrate into the earth or sea. We also provide Options by Batesville Reflections® series biodegradable urns for scattering gardens.
Are there green cemeteries in Washington State?
Yes. White Eagle Memorial Preserve, the first green cemetery in the state, opened near Columbia Gorge in Goldendale, Wash. Please contact a Bleitz associate for the latest updates for Green Choices.