What is an eco-friendly green funeral?

People are surprised when we talk about providing environmentally sustainable green funerals.  This is quickly followed by curiosity, and questions about sustainable coffins and we would like to show you that sustainable and green funerals extend far beyond a coffin.

In practice, sustainable funerals include how we care for the deceased, the funeral service and the burial.

In principle, being environmentally and socially sustainable is our core value of Natural Grace and provides the foundation for everything we do.


How we care for the deceased

Every person deserves to be cherished in both life and in death. We express this by only using natural products when caring for the deceased, which includes warm water, essential oils, goats milk soap and organic skin and hair care products.

* There are rare cases when the law requires a body to be embalmed – we encourage families to embalm only when necessary.

Sustainable and green funeral services

At Natural Grace, we specialise in arranging funeral ceremonies in spaces that are meaningful to the family and utilising your existing community resources. Through this practice, we are able to genuinely honour the deceased and their many relationships.

We encourage families to choose locally sourced and made organic food and flowers, only print what is necessary, print on recycled paper sourced from local suppliers, minimise packaging and be as efficient as possible with fuel use.

Natural burial and shrouded cremation

This is where we talk about coffin choices. We are proud to have an environmentally sustainable range of coffins, shrouds and urns. These are provided by certified suppliers and made from sustainably sourced wool, wicker, timbers and fabrics.

There is increasing interest in natural burial grounds, which are natural environments where the deceased may be buried in sustainable coffins or shrouds and with a marker such as a native tree or simply a location identified on a map. We support the use and development of natural burial grounds and will readily explore these green options with you and your family.

Giving back to the environment

To continue giving back to the environment, we offset the carbon emissions from our vehicles through ‘Green Fleet’ and our operations by supporting our local Landcare group. We also encourage families to offset the funeral service of their loved one through 15 Trees.

Sustainability Policy

We have designed and created a Sustainability Policy so we can articulate exactly what we believe in, and hold ourselves accountable to those beliefs.

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As well as describing the main characteristics of eco-friendly green funerals on this page, we also incorporate environmental and social sustainability in our day-to-day operations.

If you would like to know more about eco-friendly and green funerals or what we do here at Natural Grace, we would love to hear from you. Call or visit us at either our Melbourne care centre located in Brunswick East or our Woodend Sanctuary in the Macedon Ranges.