The leading Canadian organization setting the standard for green burial and environmentally sustainable death-care practices in Canada.
Envisions Green Burial Grounds all across Ontario and helps communities make this dream a reality.
Regulates and supports licensed funeral industry operations in Ontario.
The American national Green Burial advocacy and education organization. Their website includes a great deal of valuable information.
Some information may not apply in Canada.
One of our allies in the Ottawa Area. Now they have a Green Burial committee as well.
Green Burial Grounds
Part of a municipal cemetery.
Glenwood Cemetery is now licensed to offer Green Burials in a natural forest within the cemetery. This separate section is specially designed to permit human remains to be returned to the earth as naturally as possible.
Parkview Cemetery in Waterloo includes a space for Green Burials,
Cobourg Union offers ecoburials in a meadow overlooking Cobourg Creek and the golf course beyond.
Locally made from Lanark County Timber, these biodegradable coffins include non-toxic glue and minimal hardware.
GBOV Articles & Videos
Green Burial Ottawa Valley Board Chair Megan Spencer made a presentation to the Council of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards Township on September 26, 2023. The presentation focused on an existing one-acre cemetery operated by the Township on Wildlife Road but not presently active. GBOV is proposing to run the cemetery in partnership with the Township. About 20 supporters of green burial were present and the Township reported it had received about 30 emails in support of green burial.
The Environmental Impact of Death and the Green Burial Alternative – by Sasha Honsl, Director, Green Burial Ottawa Valley
The green death: How environmentally friendly options are changing the way we bury our dead
Interview with Megan Spencer, President, Green Burial Ottawa Valley
The video embedded in the Citizen article above
Mark is manager of cemetery services for the city of Niagara Falls. In 2016 and 2017 he worked to establish a two-acre section of Fairview Cemetery as Willow’s Rest, a Natural Burial Ground. This interview with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario is dated April 20, 2023.
About a reclaimed cemetery in New Jersey, this video shows green burial as a beautiful and practical option.
My Thoughts on Green Burial in Canada by Susan Greer, Executive Director, Natural Burial Association
A succinct, easy to use fill‐in worksheet that helps define goals, indicate preferences and choices, and identify persons designated to complete an individual’s final wishes. Provided by the Green Burial Council.
This article is designed to walk families through some common understandings and perceptions regardless of where the burial occurs, and to answer questions that will help make a first green burial experience meaningful for all.
The full article about Judy Henry and her burial in Picton’s Glenwood Cemetery.