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Our History... Founded in 1853 by Frank Staffan, the funeral home business has been passed down from father to son for several generations. The Mitchell family moved to Chelsea in 1981.  John Sr. and Gloria Mitchell bought the Staffan Funeral Home from George and Kathryn Staffan, ending a four-generation Staffan legacy.
About Green Burial Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home continues to be leaders in the industry. We are proud to offer biodegradable caskets, burial shrouds, environmentally friendly embalming fluid, and burial wash.
Memorial Keepsakes Who was this loved one? What were their passions, their beliefs? What did they like to do in their spare time? Who did they love and what were the gifts and joys they gave to us? A memorial should reflect and pay tribute to the person it commemorates.

Staffan-Mitchell

In 2001 the Mitchell family moved the funeral home from the downtown district to its current location at 901 N. Main St. As one of the newest funeral homes built in Washtenaw County, the 8,000 square-foot barrier-free building is spacious and open. It radiates a warm, home-like atmosphere.

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Caskey-Mitchell

Funeral Service in Stockbridge is provided by the Mitchell Family.  John and Gloria, and  son Johnny and his wife Cindy purchased the business from the Caskey family in August of 1995. In 2004 Mike Mitchell joined the business and now the brothers run the operation together.  Since 1995 the Mitchell family has been fortunate to carry on the tradition of care that had been set by the Milner and Caskey Families.

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About Green Burial

Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home continues to be leaders in the industry. We are proud to offer biodegradable caskets, burial shrouds, environmentally friendly embalming fluid, and burial wash.

The concept behind green burial is nothing new. It is an ancient practice in which the body is prepared with environmentally friendly products, using the least amount of waste, and leaving the earth in which the body is interred as natural as possible.

Green burial has come to be understood as end-of-life rituals, disposition options, and products that do not involve the use of toxic chemicals or non-biodegradable materials. In other words, it’s burial that does not involve embalming with hazardous chemicals, metal caskets, and concrete burial vaults. Green burial uses less energy and creates less waste than conventional burial. It's essentially the way most of humanity cared for its dead for thousands of years up until the late 19th century. In some instances, green burial can also be used to facilitate ecological restoration and landscape-level conservation.


GREEN BURIAL RESOURCES

Michigan White Pine Caskets - Offers simple pine caskets hand-made to order
Location: Saline, Michigan
Website: www.whitepinecaskets.com
Phone: (734) 678-5584 (Peter)

Milan Vault Inc. - Offers natural caskets
Location: 10475 N. Ann Arbor Road, Milan, MI 48160
Website: www.milanvault.com
Phone: (734) 439-1538

Kinkaraco Green Funeral Products - Burial shrouds by Esmerelda Kent
Location: San Francisco, California
Website: www.kinkaraco.com
Phone: (415) 874-9698

After Death Home Care - Home Funeral and Green Burial Consultation by Merilynne Rush
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Website: www.afterdeathhomecare.com
Phone: (734) 395-9660

CEMETERIES

Local cemeteries with established green burial sections:

The Preserve at All Saints Cemetery
Location: 4401 Nelsey Road, Waterford, MI 48329
Website: www.mtelliott.com/thepreserve
Phone: (248) 623-9633

Marble Park Cemetery
Location: 520 W. Main St, Milan, MI 48160
Website: www.marbleparkcemetery.com
Phone: (734) 439-5660

St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Dexter - For Catholic decedents, will allow a shroud burial without vault
Location: 2528 Baker Road, Dexter, MI 48130
Website: www.stjos.com
Phone: (734) 426-8483 (St. Joseph Parish)

Local cemeteries that are working on starting green burial sections:

Forest Lawn Cemetery, Dexter
Location: 8095 Grand Street, Dexter, MI 48130
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Phone: (734) 395-5449 (Brian Koval, Sexton)

Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea
Location: Entrance at E. Middle St. and Madison St., Chelsea, MI 48118
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Phone: (734) 475-3322 (Nancy Myers, Secretary/Treasurer)