About A Greener Funeral™

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A Greener Funeral was launched on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22nd, 2010, and is sponsored by Passages International, Inc. The goal of this organization and accompanying resources is to educate the general public about ways in which they can leave a lighter footprint on this earth by selecting a greener funeral. How green a family ultimately decides to be is entirely up to them.

According to National Geographic, “American funerals are responsible each year for the felling of 30 million boardfeet of casket wood (some of which comes from tropical hardwoods), 90,000 tons of steel, 1.6 million tons of concrete for burial vaults, and 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid.” This translates to nearly 1,000 tons of casket steel, 20,000 tons of concrete in burial vaults, and enough wood used in coffins to build more than three dozen homes within about ten acres of a typical cemetery.

Embalming is not known to have any environmental or health benefits and is only rarely required by law, such as in some instances of interstate transport of the remains or following death by infectious disease. Contrary to popular belief, an unembalmed body will not spread disease in the surrounding environment, according to the Center for Disease Control. Also, embalming fluids are generally formaldehyde-based. Formaldehyde is a chemical commonly used in many preservative materials and construction materials such as particleboard, and while it is a naturally occurring chemical, which readily biodegrades in the ground and in the air, it is also recognized as a carcinogen by the EPA, and is known to cause adverse health effects over long periods of exposure. This is especially relevant when considering funeral service employees who perform embalming procedures on a frequent basis.

AGreenerFuneral.org presents numerous alternatives so that educated consumers can meet with local funeral professionals and decide what their loved one would have wanted. The website also lists AGF Partner Providers (funeral homes) as well as green and greener cemeteries, who are able to meet the product and service needs of those families opting for a greener funeral.

Click here to learn more about the organization by visiting AGreenerFuneral.org

Look for the A Greener Funeral logo at your local funeral home, cemetery or crematory.

For Funeral Professionals:

AGF Information

aGreenerFuneral.org is a public service website sponsored by Passages International to expand consumer awareness and provide education about greener funerals, burials, and cremations. It includes a searchable database listing of funeral homes that are prepared to serve families who demand natural or environmentally sustainable choices, as well as an interactive map of greener cemeteries across North America.

Become a listed Provider on aGreenerFuneral.org by joining the A Greener Funeral (AGF) program. We offer three levels of membership based upon the needs of your firm, and our staff can work closely with you to create a custom product package that will meet your specific requirements. Complete details are available on our secure wholesale pricing page, please call us toll-free at 888-480-6400 for password access.

Joining the AGF program gives your business a number of benefits. In addition to a free listing on aGreenerFuneral.org and media announcements, you will receive:

    • Lowest published pricing on all items for your initial order.
    • Free ground shipping on all urn orders over $250 shipped to the same address.*
    • Signage and posters for your selection room.
    • Custom graphics for your website promoting your green services and Passages products.
    • Free press release template.
    • And much more!
Complete Membership Benefits:

Become a listed Provider on aGreenerFuneral.org by joining the A Greener Funeral (AGF) program. We offer three levels of membership based upon the needs of your firm, and our staff can work closely with you to create a custom product package that will meet your specific requirements.

Joining the AGF program gives your business a number of benefits, including:

  • Lowest published pricing on all items for your initial order.
  • Free ground shipping on all urn orders over $250 shipped to the same address.*
  • As many Natural Choice catalogs as you need. They include the largest eco-friendly product selection available and ideas for families on how to green the funeral process. Hand them out during the arrangement conference, at community events or just have them available in your lobby. This is an abbreviated version of the content on our web site: a consumer’s guide to planning a greener funeral.
  • Signage and posters for your selection room.
  • Custom graphics for your website promoting your green services and Passages products.
  • Free press release template.
  • Access to our library of advertising materials customized for your firm.
  • aGreenerFuneral.org lapel pins for your staff to proudly wear.
  • A framed Greenleaf emblem plaque suitable for display in your lobby, declaring your commitment to greener funeral service.
  • Professional assistance on how to incorporate greener funeral services into your advertising, publicity, and special events.
  • A wealth of experience that aGreenerFuneral.org’s network provides.  Where is the nearest natural burial park? What are the choices if conventional embalming is not an option? How to combine traditional and “green” funeral elements? aGreenerFuneral.org offers advice, information, and ideas to help you deliver excellent service when a family selects you to provide a greener funeral. We can help you provide the right answers.

Benefits can change at any time and restrictions may apply.

Why Should My Firm Join?

Being listed on aGreenerFuneral.org does not imply that all of your business is green. But it does indicate that you are able to serve families who desire greener options. Being included as part of the AGF program will help families who are interested in more natural end-of-life ritual options easily locate you and your services.

Your inclusion in the AGF program will give you a direct link to families who might desire a biodegradable woven casket or a unique biodegradable urn. They may want an entirely green funeral or just want to incorporate an “element of green” to reflect their love of nature through some part of the ritual. Being in the AGF Provider Program allows you to add another segment to your customer base by expanding your geographic market area and clientele. It also allows your business to more effectively and profitably serve those families that may not be fully satisfied with the options you currently have available. aGreenerFuneral.org is your pathway to new marketing opportunities, greater media exposure, and enhanced sales.

AGF is intended to complement other green funeral certifications and associations.

Contact us to find out more about how AGF can help you gain access to more families by increasing your product offerings and services.

*Restrictions may apply.