A funeral can be a reflection and celebration of a life as well as an acknowledgment of a loss. We believe in helping and supporting families in choosing a funeral that reflects the life of the person who has died. In life, many people are concerned about the environment and in death we are still able to continue these sentiments with a Green or Eco funeral. This can be either a burial in a local churchyard or cemetery, a natural burial ground, a woodland burial ground or a cremation with the cremated remains scattered at an appropriate site. In line with the environmental approach coffins must be of biodegradable materials such as untreated wood, cardboard, willow, seagrass,bamboo and wool. ( Coffins & Caskets) Shrouds and clothing should also be of natural materials along with flowers that can be sourced locally and if possible, all vehicle movements kept to a minimum.
Some, but not all, local churchyards and cemeteries are able to offer grave plots in an area without memorials, we are able to advise you .
At Herne , Canterbury City Council have created a meadow for natural burials.
For information go to www.canterbury.gov.uk and look under Community Bereavement Services.
At Deerton, Nr Faversham there is a natural burial ground which allows burials in a beautiful meadow and includes the planting of a memorial tree.
For more information go to www.kentnaturalburials.co.uk
To achieve a true woodland burial we would have to travel outside Kent to Epping Forest Woodland Burial Ground.
For information go to www.eppingwoodlandburials.co.uk
There are legal requirements for burials on private land in the UK, but no planning permission is required. For more information on this please contact us or visit the charitable organisation The Natural Death Centre at www.naturaldeath.org.uk
All new crematoria must be designed to conserve energy, to prevent pollution and to limit the impact on the surrounding environment.
Local crematoria at Barham and Thanet have both been refurbished with the installation of abatement systems which apply the most advanced technology to increase efficiency and eliminate emissions.
This can take place within the crematorium Gardens of Remembrance, at one of the natural sites listed above or in a place that holds special memories for the deceased and their family.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance to you in your choice of a Green or Eco Funeral.