Green Burial
is a growing national movement that supports environmentally sound ways of returning the body to the Earth in a natural, simple and dignified way.

Green Burial Basics

Green Burial simply spelled out, from meaningful ceremonies to required paperwork and Environmental benefits.
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Volunteer Opportunities

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Your donations support our on-going education and advocacy for Green Burial in Maryland.
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Green Burial Cemeteries In Maryland

List of Maryland’s Green cemeteries and hybrid sites.
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Green Burial In the Spotlight

Green Burial is in the news!
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Deeper Dive into Maryland Law

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Upcoming Event

“Greening the Gateway of Death”

Lucinda Herring

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)

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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.

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Thank you for your interest in saving the environment.

Thank you for supporting Green Burial.

Thank you for the time and energy you have given to GBAM.

Thank you for your monetary gifts which have allowed us to get our message out and grow our number of Green Burial advocates from a handful in 2015 to hundreds in 2023.


It takes money to continue to spread the word about Green Burial and the ways it helps the environment.

One of our supporters has offered to match your gift, if you donate by January 15, 2024.

That’s right, your 501(c)(3) tax-deductible contribution to GBAM will be doubled – matched dollar for dollar – for a limited time!

Please help us achieve our mission by making a generous donation today.

Past Events

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.


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


Green Burial

What we need to know

Sunday, February 5, 2023, 2-4 PM

Speaker: Lee Webster, national expert on green burial and home funerals


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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Values

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.