October 2020 • Green Burial Council News
Encouraging environmentally sustainable death-care options and the preservation of natural areas through green burial.
Week two of the conference is in full swing! 
Links to speakers and more info is on the GBC website.

You can still sign up for sessions
until 12:30 pm EDT each day for that day's session.

Writing Cemetery Guidebooks for Families features Mt. Auburn’s Candace Currie, covering the basics of consumer-centered guidebooks that ensure families are prepared for the green burial experience, and that cemeterians are covered for all eventualities. 

Amy Cunningham, funeral director, green burial advocate, and home funeral guide, will walk us through Words, Music and Ceremony for Green Burial Services, expanding meaningful and personal ceremony options. Registrants will be encouraged to share their favorite songs and readings, so come ready to participate!

A funeral director specializing in green burial information and services, Elizabeth Fournier, will share her ideas about What Funeral Directors Need to Know About Natural Burial, hoping to change the way Americans bury their dead. 

Meet holistic funeral director Lucinda Herring, author of Reimagining Death, as she explains The Home Funeral/Green Burial Connection—the practice of natural care of the dead all the way to the green burial cemetery.

Cemetery manager, Laura Faessel will share tips gleaned from Penn Forest's experience on how to create and maintain sustainable Natural Burial in Urban Areas as a means to restore forestland in an urban setting. 

Co-owner of conservation consulting firm LANDMATTERS, Heidi Hannapel, guides us in Working with Conservation Land Trusts, and shares what land trusts are looking for from potential conservation burial projects.

Jeff Hodes, cemetery management consultant with 40+ years of experience in the cemetery industry, will explain the Start Up Nuts and Bolts of what it takes to create a natural burial cemetery. 

Owner/operator of several historical cemeteries, Ed Bixby will share his experiences restoring neglected or abandoned graveyards, with all the challenges of Converting Historical Cemeteries into green burial cemeteries.

The conference closes with a panel of faith leaders discussing Faith Communities, Social Justice, and Green Burial, and how they help their communities make the green connection. Joan Gecik, first woman executive director of The Catholic Cemeteries, brings her experience with planning and opening a natural burial site for Catholic Cemeteries. Rev. Bill Gupton is Senior Minister at Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church which founded a nonprofit to create a dedicated green burial ground. Holly Blue Hawkins is a natural death-care consultant, advocate and teacher, and is also an author, musician, and head of a Chevra Kadisha (Jewish burial society). Lucinda Herring is a home funeral guide, funeral director, green disposition consultant, ordained interfaith minister and celebrant, and storyteller. Rev. Cody J. Sanders, pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church, also serves as American Baptist chaplain to Harvard University, and is advisor for LGBTQ+ Affairs at MIT. 
The complete downloadable schedule with times and dates is available at the bottom of the Speakers and Sessions page.
Bare Bones, Options Simplified

"The greenest casket you can find is the one you don’t buy, after all."

Joshua Slocum of the Funeral Consumers Alliance offers a sage perspective for the pedestrian consumer in Green Burial Options anyone Can Adopt, the latest GBC Blog entry. He explains how reducing unnecessary purchases and energy use makes green burial choices easier. Photo: Heartwood Preserve Conservation Cemetery, FL.

End of Life Collective
Green Burial Council is now part of the End of Life Collective! This comprehensive and innovative online platform, launched by RoundGlass Foundation, hosts 400+ end of life providers serving families. Visit the platform here.
Recommended Reading

Featured publications written or shared by the GBC can answer a lot of questions with materials researched and developed for industry professionals and the public, plus articles about planning and advocacy. Discover a wide range of topics about consumer considerations, helpful information for funeral directors and cemeterians, and also the very specific guide: A Primer on the Relationships with Conservation Organizations and Drafting of Conservation Easements.

Julia Brunner of Eco-Spotlight interviews Lee Webster talking about how Sustainable Death Care Improves Water, Soil And Air Quality.

Conferences and Events

Visit the GBC website for links to the events below.

Green Burial Council
 Virtual Video Conference 2020
October 12–23, 2020
Week two begins with informative workshops, ending with a panel discussion. All sessions are live and include Q&A.

NFDA International Convention and Expo—A Virtual Event
October 20–22, 2020
The National Funeral Directors Association presents the world’s largest virtual funeral service expo. It will include general sessions, keynote speakers, and educational workshops.

Before I Die New Mexico Virtual Festival 
October 30–November 2, 2020
Virtual events include field trips, online theater and movie events, book and panel discussions, and Death Cafe conversations.

Beautiful Dying Virtual Expo
November 13–15, 2020
Meet experts one-on-one, attend live panels and workshops, and join a community of others who have been impacted by death. Find it all in one place.

(Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America) 
Conference and Trade Show

April 12–13, 2021

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