Green and woodland funerals
Alternative to traditional funerals
As an alternative to a traditional burial or cremation, Stephen Johnstone and Son Independent Funeral Directors can help you arrange for your loved one’s final resting place to be in a woodland burial ground. These are attractive and peaceful places for you to visit and reflect on your loved one’s life moving forward. Green and woodland funerals are becoming increasingly popular as people begin to consider the environmental impact of traditional funerals.
Woodland burials can still be faith based and many sites have dedicated areas for people of different religions. Often people choose this as a greener option, using eco-friendly coffins or eco coffins and ashes caskets, usually made from recycled paper, wicker or willow.
What happens at a Green Funeral?
These burials are often not marked with a headstone, rather a tree or flowers that often become indistinguishable in the woodland. Some natural burial grounds offer the opportunity to add a memorial tree to mark your loved one’s resting place. This makes the funeral for your loved one more environmentally friendly.
At the graveside there is usually a short committal ceremony, if desired, and flowers can still be placed as long as there is no cellophane or ribbon. Some venues have onsite dedicated service rooms and chapels that can be used before or after the funeral for a service that is created to reflect your wishes and those of the deceased.
If you would like to explore the possibility of arranging a woodland burial, your Funeral Arranger here at Stephen Johnstone and Son Independent Funeral Directors can help you find a natural burial ground near you.