Green/Natural Options

What is Green, Natural or Eco Burial?

A Green or Natural Burial has come to be understood as burial that does not involve embalming with hazardous chemicals, metal caskets, and concrete burial vaults. Green burial uses less energy and creates less waste than conventional burial.

In a green cemetery, the land is often left to grow naturally—free of pesticides to control weeds, free of unnatural materials, free to grow and evolve as it was intended.

A casket, urn, or shroud is suitable for a green burial if it’s made from materials or substances that are nontoxic and readily biodegradable. These products should not be made from materials that are harvested in a manner that unnecessarily destroys habitat, as is the case with certain types of sea grass.

Family Memorial Mortuary provides a range of caskets, urns, and shrouds that meet these requirements.

Direct Cremation

Our Direct Cremation does not include any viewings or services; it is for those families that don’t want these options. This is the very basic service, with no extras.

Included in package:

  • Portion of our Basic Service of Funeral Director and Staff
  • Refrigeration, required by law after 24 hours
  • Removal from place of death to our facilities
  • Cremation Processing Fee
  • Simple Cremation Tray
  • State Filing Fee

Our Price is: $595

You can select a simple biodegradable urn starting around $50.  We also have several scattering ideas and unique ways to memorialize for you.

Green Direct Burial

This is a simple service for burying a loved one without a viewing or service.

Included in package:

  • Basic Service of Funeral Director and Staff
  • Removal from place of death to our facilities
  • Refrigeration, required by law after 24 hours
  • Dressing & Casketing
  • Funeral Staff & Equipment for Graveside Service
  • Utility Vehicle
  • State Filing Fee

Our Price is: $615

Family would add the cost of their biodegradable casket or shroud selection to this price and the cost of the cemetery expenses, for a complete total.  Other service fees may apply.

Green Burial Graveside Service with no Viewing

Families select this type of service when they wish to have no viewing, but gather together at the graveside for an intimate service with family and close friends. This package includes those items necessary to achieve this service.

Included in package:

  • Basic Service of Funeral Director and Staff
  • Removal from place of death to our facilities
  • Refrigeration, required by law after 24 hours
  • Dressing & Bathing
  • Dressing & Casketing
  • Funeral Staff & Equipment for Graveside Service
  • Utility Vehicle
  • State Filing Fee

Our Price is: $1195

Family would add the cost of their biodegradable casket or shroud selection to this price and the cost of the cemetery expenses, for a complete total.  Other service fees may apply.

Green Burial Graveside Service with Viewing

Families select this type of service when they wish to have a viewing, and then gather together at the graveside for an intimate service with family and close friends. The viewing time is limited to one hour. This package includes those items necessary to achieve this service.

Included in package:

  • Basic Service of Funeral Director and Staff
  • Removal from place of death to our facilities
  • Refrigeration, required by law after 24 hours
  • Use of Viewing Room
  • Dressing & Casketing
  • Funeral Staff & Equipment for Graveside Service
  • Hearse
  • Utility Vehicle
  • Memorial Book and Folders
  • State Filing Fee

Our Price is: $1520

Family would add the cost of their biodegradable casket or shroud selection to this price and the cost of the cemetery expenses, for a complete total.  Other service fees may apply.

Green Funeral Service

Families select this type of service when they wish to have a viewing, and then gather together at a church or other location for an intimate service with family and close friends. This package includes those items necessary to achieve this service.

Included in package:

  • Basic Service of Funeral Director and Staff
  • Removal from place of death to our facilities
  • Eco-embalming, required by law after 24 hours
  • Use of Viewing Room
  • Dressing and Casketing
  • Funeral Staff & Equipment for Graveside Service
  • Hearse
  • Utility Vehicle
  • Memorial Book and Folders
  • State Filing Fee

Our Price is: $2195

Families would add the cost of their biodegradable casket or shroud selection to this price and the cost of the cemetery expenses for a complete total.  Other service fees may apply.

Green Burial Accreditation

This establishment is seeking accreditation by the Green Burial Council to offer a green burial package. It provides everything necessary for graveside burial within a green or conventional cemetery and in certain instances at homestead burial sites. Bundled services include storage, transportation, supervision of the burial and the filing of necessary documentation, permits and certificates. A burial container, which can be either a shroud or biodegradable casket, is available at an additional cost, or as part of another package. Although formaldehyde-based embalming is prohibited, a funeral with a viewing using eco-friendly embalming can be arranged for an additional charge.

Green Burial Council http://www.greenburialcouncil.org/

White Eagle Memorial Preserve, Goldendale WA http://www.naturalburialground.com/

The White Eagle Memorial Preserve is an all faiths, Conservation Burial Ground founded in 2008. The burial ground is 20 acres set within 1300 wild acres of permanently protected oak and TEST ponderosa forest, meadow and steppe on the edge of spectacular Rock Creek Canyon near the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Washington State.

A comprehensive list of natural burial sites in America including site descriptions, location maps and contact information. http://www.naturalburial.coop/find-a-green-cemetery/