Green Burial/Natural Funerals

Natural Funerals

A client family may choose a Natural Burial, or “Green Burial.”  Grasso Funeral Memorial and Cremation offers a variety of options that can serve to lower the ecological impact of the funeral arrangements as well as the financial impact for a family.  For example:

·         In the Natural Burial we do not use any current preservation methods(chemicals), relying on refrigeration or dry ice to hold the body until the time of the service.  In doing so we meet or exceed the current standards and practices suggested by the Green Burial Council and other green, natural or holistic burial sites.   (To see a video which explains how "Green Burial" works click here.. use your back button to return to this site)

·         The container which holds the body for the burial can be a shroud made of cotton or a wicker material, all of which are fully biodegradable. We will also allow our families to provide their own container, but they may not be made with metal hinges, handles, or latches and must be constructed with all natural interiors and exterior materials. Since this is designed for the client family committed to protecting the environment, we will not allow the use of any glues, paints, or finishes. It is our desire to protect the environment as well and we will provide guidance in casket/container construction.It is our policy to inspect the casket/container before use for compliance with standard Green Burial Practices. 

Costs:

·         Since we believe in simplifying the actions in a Natural Burial, we have done the same thing in designing our service offerings.  As with all of our funeral service packages, we provide a detailed Statement of Goods and Services based on our General Price Sheet.  Since the nearly all cemeteries in Florida do not allow green burial we have investigated  Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery in Gainesville (click here) and Heartwood Preserve Cemetery (click here)TrinityWe have identified these as certified conservation cemeteries in our funeral service packages as our destination point. 

·         Our Natural Burial Funeral package price is $925.00 plus the Shroud ($650.00) or Wicker Casket ($1100.00) plus transportation to the Cemetery (Gainesville $375.00; Trinity $275.00).  Cemetery costs and fees are additional and would be obtained by contacting the respective cemetery.
 

All of our Natural Funeral package prices include our basic service charge, services of the Funeral Director,and staff; transportation from the place of death to our facility( within 15 miles); body preparation suitable for a green funeral service which includes refrigeration, bathing of the body and use of topical sprays for basic disinfection, clothing or placing in a shroud or casket; all products are earth friendly.  Grasso Funeral Memorial and Cremation has no affiliation with either cemetery and has no control over cemetery costs.  It is possible to have brief visitation (Immediate Family) and church services prior to traveling to the cemetery; additional charges would apply for the use of the funeral home, or additional transportation to churches, homes, etc.. Any additional costs are based on current fees and charges found on the General Price Sheet.  It is the policy of Grasso Funeral Memorial and Cremation to show all costs and fees prior to completing funeral arrangements, and to stay in compliance with all Federal and State Laws, and to fit into the current practice guidelines of Green Burial Standards.