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

Help with info booths, newsletter, website, etc.
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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 Events


GBAM Autumn Gathering

Saturday, October 21

We come together on the grounds of a dedicated green burial cemetery, something GBAM has worked towards since 2015.

We’ll talk about green burial, sharing information and stories. Followed by an opportunity to walk the land together in silence.

Bring your questions and experiences to share. Chairs and port-o-potties provided.

Saturday, October 21: (additional details and times here.)

  • An early morning bird-watching habitat hike from 7-9 am
  • Opportunity to plant trees and wildflowers from 9 am-12 pm
  • Booths and other learning opportunities dedicated to supporting green burial and Serenity Ridge from 10 am-4 pm
  • Speakers from 12 pm-1:30 pm
  • GBAM Gathering from 2:30-3:30 pm
  • Join us for an opportunity to walk the land together in silence at 3:30 pm

Information and opportunity to bring questions.

Outdoors with chairs. Dress comfortably!

This is part of a larger Celebration and Dedication Weekend at Serenity Ridge Natural Burial Ground and Arboretum in Baltimore County

Friday, October 20: Religious Leaders Event
12 pm-1:30 pm

ALL are welcome to attend. Spread the word!

Bring your family and friends and we hope to see you there!

Past Events


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


GBAM Spring Event

Emily B. Miller is a licensed mortician and founder of Colorado’s first environmental burial preserve.

Sunday, May 7, 2023, 2-3:30 PM

Emily advocates for a greener funeral industry.



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.