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Green Funerals

Green funerals are becoming increasingly common, as awareness of environmental protection is making either families or individuals consider a more environmentally friendly way of arranging a funeral. This can range from planning a whole green funeral or considering certain aspects of a green funeral to incorporate into a traditional funeral, such as the choice of coffin or having a green burial.    

The goal of a natural burial is to return the body to the earth in the most efficient natural process. Green burials are intended as an environmentally sustainable alternative to existing funeral practices such as cremation which is very carbon intensive. Families may wish to consider a ecologically friendly coffin, we have a wide range available which include willow, English willow, wicker, bamboo, banana leaf, pandanus leaf and cardboard.

Recently, more families are choosing to select a green funeral for their loved one, or themselves, in advance. Reasons for this is the increased awareness climate change, of environment issues and a persons desire to minimise their impact on the earth and the climate. Or simply choosing a green burial ground because of its unique and beautiful location. The arrangements of a green funeral generally follow the format of a traditional funeral service with the committal taking place at the green burial ground. Alternatively, families can choose to have a humanist funeral service at a none religious venue with the committal taking place at the green burial ground or simply having a grave side service at the green burial ground.  


 Westerdale Green Burial Ground

Westerdale green burial ground is a small green burial site with spectacular moorland views in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. The burial ground is kept in keeping with the traditional adjacent moorland farm. Westerdale is situated about 20 miles west of Whitby and 10 miles west of Glaisdale. We can arrange for either a grave side funeral service or to have a funeral in a local church or a none religious funeral venue such as Danby Castle followed by a committal and interment service at the burial ground. Families usually request a humanist or celebrant to lead the funeral service and families must choose a ecologically friendly coffin.

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