September 2022 • Green Burial Council News
Encouraging environmentally sustainable death-care options and the preservation of natural areas through green burial.
2022 Conference
The Green Burial Council's 3rd annual virtual conference is October 20–23, 2022. Past attendees can dig in more deeply, or explore new subjects; those attending for the first time will find a variety of topics delivered by dedicated thought leaders, curated for green burial practitioners and those exploring the field, advocates, and the curious!

Full conference, single day and single session registrations, and new tiered pricing levels are available to make Green Life, Death & Future as accessible as possible! Conference details will be updated regularly here.
Agenda, Session Content, and Presenters
New Certified Providers
Congratulations to the following providers for receiving
Green Burial Council Certification!

Click on the links below to learn more about their services.

Gan Adamah at
Eternal Home Cemetery

Colma, CA 
Funeral Home
Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc.
Funeral Home

Baltimore, MD 
New Certificates of Proficiency
Certificate of Proficiency in Green Burial Cemetery Operation

Congratulations to Donelle Dreese for recently earning the Certificate of Proficiency in Green Burial Cemetery Operation. Obtaining this certificate of consists of two parts — successfully completing the Green Burial Masterclass and passing the GBC’s Proficiency Exam. 
Learn more here
Green Burial in the News
"Life is full of many cyclical trends — from fashion and food to names and colors — but it all starts with the cycle of life and, consequently, death."

This article traces some of the historical roots of green burial and shines a light on its contemporary manifestation. As Janice Thorup, one of the founders of Wild Sage Natural Burials, notes "Death is part of life, but we’ve tended to sanitize it and push it away...I think that has increased our fear of it and doesn’t really honor the body’s return to the earth.”

"The “traditional” American funeral isn’t static. It’s in a constant state of flux. No matter what happens fifty, a hundred, or two hundred years from now, people will still die and need a funeral, and the American funeral rite will continue to morph to meet the demands of the culture.."

Green burial and other green options are put into the spotlight in this new book by licensed funeral director and embalmer, Todd Hara, Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral. You can read a summarized blurb on America's growing relationship with green burial practices and other points in this article by the Next Big Idea Club. 
New on the Blog

Eco-friendly Choices at the End of Life

When the end of life approaches, sometimes difficult decisions must be made. From choosing the right palliative and hospice care teams, to selecting a body disposition plan, the priority is for your or those you love to be at ease in their final days. However, end-of-life care, when not performed with sustainability in mind, can produce a large amount of medical waste, travel costs, and other harsh emissions.

In this new blog post, explore four ways you that end-of-life decisions can make a measurable difference for the planet.
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What's Happening

Green Burial: The Greenest Way to Go
The Forest Conservation Burial Ground
The classes are through SOU OLLI, from October 5-19th, 2022
For more information on the virtual classes, click here, and click here for more information on the in-person classes.

Green Burial Café
Green Burial Nova Scotia
Last Wednesday of Each Month, 12:00 pm ADT • Online via Zoom
For more information, visit the Green Burial Nova Scotia Facebook page

For more details about these events please go to the
GBC's What’s Happening webpage

I_Butterfly is a nationwide festival of self-guided bike tours that will follow the monarch butterfly paths during the summer/fall migration season. Select cemeteries will be hosting live events to welcome participating bicyclists and their supporters. Some of the upcoming events for October include:

Historic Oakwood Cemetery
Mordecai’s Meadow, Hybrid Cemetery

Saturday, October 8th, Mid-afternoon
701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601

Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery
Wednesday, October 26th, 3PM
7204 Co Rd 234, Gainesville, FL 32641

For more details and information on these events and more,
visit the I_Butterfly website

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Vimeo 2021 Conference Recordings
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