Home Funerals, Death Care, and Green Burial

Most people that are new to the idea of green burials and home funerals have questions about how it all works.


Take a look at our brief overview and our suggestions for finding expert information.


One concept of "green" burial is the practices that allow for a true return to the earth, with no impact on the environment. To ensure an entirely natural process, the composition of the materials used, as well as the cemetery practices must be considered.

A broader definition of "green" burial encompasses practices beyond the burial itself, ranging from reducing carbon emissions in any aspect of the process, to preserving natural areas in conjunction with green cemeteries.


Specialists serving as funeral guides help families with both the practical and emotional aspects of death. Funeral guides make families aware of their rights with respect to death care and how to plan for a process that fits their needs. Some funeral guides have training in counseling services and help families with bereavement.

Green Burial and Home Funeral

Advocacy Organizations

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Green Burial Council


An organization setting certification standards for green burial in North America for funeral homes, cemeteries, and product manufacturers. 

Mission is to inspire and advocate for environmentally sustainable, natural death care.

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National Home Funeral Alliance (NHFA)

Promoting environmentally sound and culturally nurturing death practices.


Find information about home funerals, funeral guides, and home-funeral-friendly funeral directors.

Local Resources

Anne Weston


Green Burial Project

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Hillsborough, North Carolina

Educating the public about the environmental, financial, and spiritual benefits of green and natural burial.

Sara S. Williams

Certified Home Funeral Guide

Graham, North Carolina

Reclaiming the sacred tradition of caring for our own at death.

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