The planet Earth is our home and there is currently great concern for its well-being. And because of this, there is growing interest in the concept of Green Burial as an option for final disposition. Goes Funeral Care makes available several green burial options and is one of a select group of funeral providers certified by the Green Burial Council.
As an approved Green Burial funeral care provider, we promote the Green Burial Council Standards and Methods. Green Burial packages are listed on our Price List. In addition, Goes Funeral Care has earned the Green Burial Council's Three-Leaf Rating.
· We offer the decedent's family the option of a public viewing without embalming.
· We offer various Green Burial Council approved burial containers/caskets.
· We are able to accommodate vigils without embalming.
· We offer temporary preservation of a decedent, using non-invasive techniques and materials.
About Green Burial
Green Burial is burial that can take place without the use of formaldehyde-based embalming, metal caskets, and concrete burial vaults. It's essentially the way humanity cared for its dead for thousands of years up until the late 19th century.
The Green Burial Council is a nonprofit organization that encourages the use of Green Burial as a means of facilitating the restoration, acquisition, and stewardship of natural areas throughout the United States. It has been working since 2005 to make burial sustainable for the planet, meaningful for families, and economically viable for providers. They have emerged as the "gold standard" among consumers, land trusts, park service agencies as well the cemetery/funeral profession. Learn more about the Green Burial Council here.
Green Burial in colorado
Roselawn Cemetery: Goes Funeral Care was instrumental in the creation of a Hybrid Burial Ground here in Fort Collins. The hybrid model includes a designated area for green burial in a cemetery where traditional burial also takes place. Located at Roselawn Cemetery, this green burial area within the cemetery requests that burial be without embalming, utilize a biodegradable casket or shroud, and not use a vault or outer burial container. Roselawn Cemetery (The City of Fort Collins) has chosen not to apply for certification as cemetery provider with the Green Burial Council, although the city worked with the Council to establish the parameters. Our hope is that the city will move forward to complete the process to certify with the Green Burial Council.
Crestone: Currently in Colorado, the only certified cemetery with the Green Burial Council is located in Crestone, Colorado.
One added note, the city of Wellington maintains a more natural cemetery that does not require a vault. This cemetery has traditional burial as well and is not certified by the Green Burial Council.
the future of green burial
At this point in time, Green Burial is growing both internationally and inside the United States. Here at Goes Funeral Care, we are conscious of our impact on the environment and we work to minimize our footprint. Locally, we would love to have a site fully dedicated to Green Burial – perhaps in an open space, a conservation area, or a privately-owned piece of land. This process will take time, investment, and cooperation of landowners and the community at large. Contact us if you have ideas or want updates on our progress.
Go green with us
If you are interested in the concept of green burial, please call us to discuss what options might exist for you. In addition, if you are interested in a home funeral and then burial or cremation; burial on your private land in Larimer County; or if you want to have more intimate participation after a loved one’s death, Goes Funeral Care is here is help and support you. Family directed funeral service gives you control and allows you to honor your loved one in the best way possible. We want to help you create a meaningful funeral experience and one that helps with healing.