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"That's why the Green Burial Council was established as a nonprofit organization."
The city of Lawrence, Kan., looked to the Green Burial Council for guidance when officials voted in 2008 to become the first municipality to create a natural burial site at a public cemetery.
By JOE SEHEE, executive director of the Green Burial Council (, a former Jesuit lay minister and spiritual director, and a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program.
Carmel and other members of the religious community are beginning to take the lead in reclaiming their end-of-life rituals," said Joe Sehee, executive director of the Green Burial Council, which now has more than 200 approved death-care providers in its national network, including 26 funeral homes in Michigan.
Many of the group's member cemeteries--you can find a directory on the Green Burial Council's website--offer clients the option of burying loved ones in more natural landscapes uncluttered by headstones and mausoleums.
CONTACTS: Green Burial Council,; Forest Stewardship Council,; Greensprings Natural Cemetery,; Great Burial Reef,; Eternal Reefs,
No embalming fluid is used (nor is it necessary--the Green Burial Council says there is no evidence that embalming provides public health benefits and that, if necessary, a body can be preserved for a few days in a cooler or by using dry ice).
The Green Burial Council ( certifies products, practices and places of rest.
The Green Burial Council is an independent, nonprofit organization that encourages environmentally sustainable death care practices as a means of acquiring restoring, and stewarding natural areas, and assists consumers in identifying "green" cemetery, funeral, and cremation services.
The idea of being reintegrated into the earth is not new, agrees Joe Sehee, executive director of the Green Burial Council, a national organization set up in 2005 to encourage ethical and environmentally sustainable practices in the burial industry.
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