Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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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.


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


Local cemeteries with established green burial sections:

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

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)