is a growing national movement that supports environmentally sound ways of returning the body to the Earth in a natural, simple and dignified way.
“Greening the Gateway of Death”
A Closer Look at the Gifts of Green Burial and Family Engagement in After-Death Care
with Lucinda Herring, Author of Reimagining Death
Hosted by the Green Burial Association of Maryland
Date: Saturday January 27
Time: 10am-4pm Lunch provided
Location: Waldorf School of Baltimore
4801 Tamarind Rd. Baltimore, MD 21209
Tuition: $95 (all other expenses & fees paid by GBAM)
Learn what it means to choose a Green Burial, and to be more creatively involved in caring for a loved one after death.
We will explore:
- How to work proactively with funeral homes
- Honoring and caring for a deceased loved one’s body at home or hospital
- Creating Advance and After-Death-Care Directives
Lucinda says that to bring beauty, nature, art, and ritual – even celebration and joy – in the midst of mourning – is to “green” the gateway of death with life and renewal.
As a home funeral and Green Burial guide, interfaith celebrant, and green licensed funeral director, she is the author of Reimagining Death: Stories and Practical Wisdom for Home Funerals and Green Burials. North Atlantic Books. 2019.
Her business, Thresholds Consulting and Ministry, provides end-of-life planning, and educational and spiritual consultation. www.lucindaherring.com
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GBAM Autumn Gathering
GBAM Autumn Gathering
Saturday – October 21, 2023
We met at Serenity Ridge, a dedicated Green Burial cemetery in Maryland – something GBAM has worked towards since 2015.
We shared information and stories about Green Burial, as part of a weekend of ceremony and environmental activities. And then we walked the site in silence – a chance to honor the land’s history and bless its future.
2023 SPEAKER SERIES
Green Burial Basics:
Planning for Death While Living Your Values
Jennifer Downs, RN,L.Ac / GBAM President, and Carrie Shipton, BFA/ GBAM Board Member
Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 7-8:30 PM
This presentation covered:
- The Benefits of Green Burial
- The Environmental Impact of Conventional Burials, Cremation, and other forms of Bodily Disposition
- Options for Natural Burial- and what makes a burial truly “green”
- The Green Burial Movement in Maryland and broader trends in the US
What is Green Burial?
Green Burial is a natural process. It was the traditional method of burial until about 150 years ago. It is a way of caring for the dead with dignity and minimal impact on the environment.
Green Burials use non-toxic and biodegradable caskets or shrouds, and the body is not embalmed. Concrete vaults and grave liners are not used.
The land remains in a natural state that does not require the use of lawn fertilizers, pesticides, or extensive landscaping. Natural grave markers, such as flat river stones or native plantings, are used to mark the grave site. Green Burial conserves resources, reduces carbon emissions, protects workers’ health, and preserves or restores natural habitats.
The Green Burial Association of Maryland (GBAM) promotes environmentally sustainable Green Burial options throughout Maryland.
We support this Mission through public education, promotion of and legislative advocacy for green and hybrid burial grounds, and promoting green practices throughout the funeral industry.
We envision a future in which everyone has access to funeral and burial options that are environmentally sustainable and grounded in evidence-based information.
We value the interconnected web of life and death.
We respect and support families in finding their traditions and rituals consistent with green burial.
We honor the Earth and support environmentally sound options for returning the body to the Earth naturally and with dignity.
We support green burial because it promotes conservation, carbon and other toxic gas emissions reduction, worker health protection, land conservation, and family-centered burial experiences.