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Resources

Informative Sites

The following sites offer additional information for anyone investigating “green” burial, or natural burial.

Conservation Burial Alliance – a collaborative of conservation burial grounds and invested allies that fosters the conservation and sustainable management of land with natural burial for the benefit of people and the planet

Green Burial Council – a national organization establishing standards and providing certifications for funeral homes, cemeteries, crematoriums and merchandise suppliers.

Funeral Consumers Alliance – national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.

“Grave Matters” – An informative blog published by Mark Harris, author of the wonderful book “Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial.”

“A Will for the Woods” – documentary following the final months of a man trying to have a green burial in his community

“A Family Undertaking” documentary following several families who choose to forego the funeral home experience in favor of a home funeral

Ask a Mortician – irreverent online video series offered up by Order of the Good Death, addressing questions relating to death, dying and the funeral industry

Home Funerals

Interested in investigating the requirements, challenges and rewards of giving your loved one a home funeral? These sites will help get you started on your journey.

Funeral Consumers Alliance – a national organization, with local chapters, dedicated to protecting consumers and educating them on their rights and options in dealing with death.

National Home Funeral Alliance –  a national organization of home funeral professionals and advocates, offering directories to contact providers, educational materials and other resources.

Undertaken With Love – a national organization of home funeral advocates offering an extensive downloadable (free) guide to preparing your congregation or social group to begin providing home funerals to your community.