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Nature’s Final Embrace: Green Burial Options

October 24, 2023

A Sustainable and Meaningful Choice for the Environmentally Conscious

At a time when environmental consciousness has become a part of our daily lives, an increasing number of people are seeking burial options that harmonize with nature even in this most solemn moment of life. Green burials, an eco-friendly and meaningful choice, are gaining momentum as people warm to the idea of returning to the earth in a sustainable way. At Keohane Funeral Home, we’re proud to offer these green burial options, providing a compassionate, environmentally gentle alternative to traditional funeral practices.

What Is a Green Burial?

Keohane is a leading provider of green burials in New England. We formed the New England Green Burial Society for the express purpose of providing an environmentally conscious burial option free from the carbon emissions produced through the cremation process or the land commitment of traditional cemeteries.

A green burial occurs in a green cemetery or natural burial ground. These specially designated spaces are chosen for their commitment to preserving the natural landscape. The funeral process avoids the use of burial vaults and embalming chemicals, which can have adverse effects on the environment over the long term.

The Green Burial Process

Keohane will guide you and your family through the entire green burial process, making it as easy as possible for you and your loved ones during this difficult time. We understand that choosing a green burial is not just a statement of environmental responsibility; it’s a deeply personal decision.

One of the most distinctive features of a green burial is the use of fully biodegradable caskets. These caskets are made from sustainable materials, such as bamboo, willow, or pine, which are carefully chosen to have minimal impact on the environment. The biodegradable casket is placed directly into the earth, where it naturally decomposes. In this natural process, nature is allowed to take its course, fostering the growth of new life.

Three Positive Impacts of Green Burials

  1. Reduced Environmental Impact: By forgoing embalming chemicals and non-biodegradable caskets, green burials reduce the harmful chemicals and materials that seep into the earth, preserving the ecosystem of the natural burial grounds.
  2. Conservation of Green Spaces: Green cemeteries are typically located in areas that promote the preservation of wildlife habitats and natural landscapes. Opting for a green burial supports the conservation of these spaces for future generations.
  3. Emotional Comfort: Many people find a deep solace in the prospect of returning to the earth in a way that supports the local environment. Green burials thus provide a unique sense of peace and lasting connection with nature.


We believe that the final goodbyes for a loved one should be a reflection of the values that mattered to them most in life. Opting for a green burial honors the memory of your loved one while also taking action to create a more sustainable and eco-friendly world. At Keohane, we are committed to guiding you and your family through this process with warmth and support, ensuring a meaningful, ecologically responsible farewell for your loved one.

If you have any questions about our green burial options or need assistance with funeral arrangements, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our caring and knowledgeable team.


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