Eco-friendly, Natural or Green Earth Burial are gaining momentum. According to a 2013 study done by the Natural Burial Association of Canada, 50% of respondents viewed natural burial favorably, after they were aware of this option. On March 7, 2013 the Green Burial Society of Canada (GBSC) was incorporated as a society.
At the AGM, this not-for-profit organization developed 5 criteria for Green Earth Burial or Natural Burial designation:
1. No embalming
2. Simple covering of the deceased such as a shroud or simple box
3. No concrete liner or vault
4. Simple memorialization
5. Some aspect of habitat enhancement
The Canadian Green Burial Council in conjunction with the GBSC work together to designate cemeteries and funeral related businesses as environmentally friendly.
Currently, there are three natural cemeteries certified by Canada’s Natural Burial Association – Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria BC which was the first opening in 2008. Union Cemetery in Cobourg ON, and Meadowvale Cemetery in the Greater Toronto Area. These natural burial options provide a tranquil, beautiful and natural setting that invites people to return often.
For more information on these natural cemeteries, please click on the links below or contact me directly.