Why Choose Green Burial?

A green burial is an easy choice for every person who wants to ensure that the last act of their life contributes to the health of the planet, and reflects and celebrates their values and how they lived their life.

Some statistics about conventional burial in these days:

  • All cemeteries in the USA take up an estimated 1 million acres of land
  • Buried within them ANNUALLY:
    • over 800, 000 gallons of formaldehyde
    • over 100 thousand tons of steel for caskets and vaults
    • 2,700 tons of copper and bronze for caskets
    • 1.6 million tons of reinforced concrete from burial vaults
    • 30 million board feet of hardwood caskets

Think Cremation is more environmentally friendly? You could drive 4800 miles on the energy used to cremate one person.

  • North America uses enough fossil fuel for cremation to drive you halfway to the sun every year.
  • According to industry studies, one cremation uses 92 cubic meters of natural gas and 29 kilowatt-hours of electricity, pumping over 400 kilos of carbon dioxide into the air. .
  • Mercury and other toxic metals from dental fillings and joint replacements are also burned during cremation.
  • Our friend, Gary Beckett, lived a simple and natural life; riding a bicycle everywhere he went. He died in the woods of a heart attack while cutting firewood. His cremation added more pollution to the Earth and atmosphere than he likely did the previous 10 years of his life.

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  • Green Burial Ottawa Valley
    Green Burial Ottawa Valley
    “Crumbs of rotten stone,
    ​Shards of bone, the leavings
    And the ruins of lives
    The grounds a grave and
    So it thrives…
    A thousand thousand years
    Will bloom here in the spring
    Upon the living sing the blessing of the dead.”
    -Wendell Berry
    Green Burial Ottawa Valley
    Green Burial Ottawa Valley
    In the Middle Ages, monasteries often had cemetery orchards, with mulberry, apple, and chestnut trees sprouting up from between gravesites so that no space went wasted. Throughout the 1800s, many Americans spent their afternoons picnicking in cemeteries, and cemeteries such as Philadelphia’s The Woodlands, and Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia, still encourage it. In countries including Greece, Japan, and Mexico, families have for centuries reminisced about or honored their loved ones while relaxing beside their graves and dining on helpings of souvlaki, sushi rolls, or tamales. Heritage Gardens eschews the use of pesticides, and its veggies are not sprouting from gravesites, but instead in their own isolated spot.