GREEN & CONVENTIONAL BURIAL
In-ground whole body burial and above ground entombment are established and respected practices which many still choose today. If other family members have been buried or entombed in a mausoleum, it can be reassuring for the surviving members and future generations to know that their family tradition continues.
What KORU refers to as “Conventional Burial” is when the deceased is buried in a conventional cemetery which requires the use of a wood or metal casket to enclose the deceased (the deceased may or may not be embalmed), a grave liner or vault is placed over the casket before final burial and individual headstones mark the grave.
In recent years, there’s been a resurgence of sorts for burial as more people choose green and natural options over cremation or conventional burial.
Photo by Mike Enerio
GREEN BURIAL AND NATURAL DEATH
“Green Burial is a statement of personal values for those who seek to minimize their impact on the local and global environment. For people who are mindful of the cyclical nature of life, green burial is a spiritually fulfilling alternative to conventional burial or cremation. It is an environmentally sensitive practice: the body is returned to the earth to decompose naturally and contribute to new life.”
Green Burial Society of Canada
There are five principals of green burial that are essential to adhere to.
- No Embalming
- Direct Earth Burial
- Ecological Restoration & Conservation
- Communal Memorialization
- Optimize Land Use
For a detailed explanation of these principals, visit Green Burial Society of Canada.
The cemeteries in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands that have achieved a green burial designation from either the Green Burial Society of Canada or The Green Burial Council (USA) are found at:
- Heritage Gardens Cemetery, Surrey
- Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver (hybrid green burial cemetery)
- Denman Island Natural Burial Cemetery, Denman Island
- Royal Oak Burial Park, Victoria
- Yates Memorial Services, Parksville
If Green Burial is not possible for you but you are interested in reducing your environmental impact during the funeral planning, here are 10 simple things you can do to make a difference:
- Carpool to any gathering.
- Donate to a charity rather than sending flowers.
- Choose a biodegradable urn (if cremation has been opted for).
- Choose an eco-friendly casket.
- Leave a living marker in memory of the one who has died by planting a native tree or shrub.
- Choose a memorial marker made from local stone, rather than using markers made of imported stone.
- Choose to use local foods and beverages for your gatherings.
- Use recycled paper for memorial cards.
- Leave condolences online rather than sending a card.
- Tell others about the option to choose eco-friendly funeral products and services.
Natural death simply means to KORU that you would like your deceased person to be left as “undisturbed” as possible from professional, clinical intervention by KORU. This does not exclude the possibility of viewing and spending time with the one who has died. On the contrary, spending time with the body in as natural a state as possible after death can be a singularly beautiful moment. KORU would be gratified to have a full discussion about natural deaths and how we can assist you with this choice. Here is a quick link to our Contact Us page .
You’ll find our prices and packages straightforward and easy to understand. There are no hidden fees.
You can purchase what you need directly from our online KORU Shop, whether or not we help you with caring for your dead. Visit our Shop to see our diverse selection of urns and keepsake items like jewelry.
KORU has made a conscious decision to only sell caskets and shrouds for burial and cremation that are either eco-friendly in their materials and manufacture and / or are made in Canada. We know how important it is for all of us to do our part to leave lighter footprints on our earth.
Please visit the FAQ section for more information
- Most cemeteries require 48 hours notice prior to the date of burial.
- Burial can only take place on property the provincial government has designated as suitable for burial.
- Every cemetery has its own unique bylaws so what is protocol or expected practice at one cemetery is not necessarily the same at another cemetery.
- All funeral homes, regardless of who owns them, can organize a burial at any cemetery, regardless of who owns the cemetery. In other words, if your cemetery of choice owns and operates a funeral home, you are not obligated to use their funeral home.
- Cemetery plots used for full-body burial (vs cremated remains burial) often have room to include 1 or more set of cremated remains.
- Cemeteries can receive independent third-party certification to verify the degree to which their practices and protocols are ‘green.’
- There are several cemeteries in the Lower Mainland. To review our list of municipal, private and faith-based cemeteries, read more.