Wooden Coffins for a Green Burial

Down to Earth Classic Wooden Coffins
by Lew McGregor
P.O. Box 2006, Hope, Maine 04847
207 763-3129, 207 542-8668
Price range $200-$1000
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Home Funerals Grow As Americans Skip The Mortician For Do-It-Yourself After-Death Care

A little over five years ago, Alison and Doug Kirk held their 9-year-old daughter’s hand as she lay on a futon in their Nashville living room, told her they loved her, and watched her take her last breath.

The Kirks had known for a long time that their little girl, Caroline, would die. In her last weeks, she was under hospice care, lived off an oxygen machine, was fed through a tube, and spoke only in small murmurs. It was the normal course for a child born with Niemann-Pick, a terminal disease that gradually leads to the breakdown of the nervous system, brain and lungs.

What happened after Caroline’s death was anything but typical.

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A visit to Cedar Brook Burial Ground

Cedar Brook Burial Ground is especially beautiful in the autumn.

These lovely photographs were shared by a recent visitor. We are open year ’round to visitors. Call or write if you would like to schedule a guided tour.

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Marker for Widget

Widget, Peter’s & Joyce’s faithful companion, is remembered.

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An option – Green burial

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Green Burial Council Honors Rabbi Stuart Kelman & Father Charles Morris with 2012 Leadership Award

The Green Burial Council (GBC) has awarded Rabbi Stuart Kelman of Berkeley, California and Fr. Charles Morris of Wyandotte, Michigan as the co-recipients of its 2012 Leadership Award.

“Rabbi Kelman and Fr. Morris have done more than anyone within their respective religious traditions to advance the notion that death can and ought to be connected to life,” said Joe Sehee, Executive Director of the Green Burial Council who presented both clergy members with their awards at a dinner held at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Kelman was the leading force behind creating “Gan Yarok” (Hebrew for green garden) in Mill Valley, California; the first Jewish green burial ground situated within a conventional cemetery. Fr. Morris spearheaded the effort to make Mt. Carmel, located in the downriver Detroit suburb of Wyandotte, the first Catholic diocesan cemetery to have a green section.
Green burial is a way of using end-of-life rituals to further environmental aims such as protecting workers health, reducing carbon emission, conserving natural resources, preserving and restoring the habitat.
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Green Burial Council

The Green Burial Council (GBC) is an independent, nonprofit organization founded to encourage ethical and environmentally sustainable deathcare practices, and to use the burial process as a means of facilitating the acquisition, restoration and stewardship of natural areas.

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New England Green Burial Society

How can New England Green Burial Society help?

New England Green Burial Society offers resources, guidance, coordination and direction for those interested in green burial. Our standards are exacting and our commitment to the dignity of the burial process is unwavering. We will assist you with great care through the entire process.

The New England Green Burial Society is a service offering of Keohane Funeral and Cremation Service.

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Markers at Cedar Brook Burial Ground

Marker at CBBG


Markers
may be selected from stones within Cedar Brook Burial Ground. Here is an example of a stone with engraving at CBBG.

If you wish to have a stone engraved, the names of local craftsmen are available. Contact us for this or any other information you desire.

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Less Expensive Green Burials Growing In Popularity


Caskets, cremation, headstones – they are all familiar terms. But have you ever heard of a green burial?  It’s cheaper and growing in popularity.

KDKA’s Susan Koepen reports.

From: ©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc.

Cedar Brook Burial Ground is a Green Cemetery. Click here if you would like more information on green burial options at CBBG.

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