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Green Burial


I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love. If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

Walt Whitman

What Is Green Burial?

According to the Green Burial Council, Green Burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. 

Green burial means that the body is buried in a simple biodegradable container with no toxic chemical embalming (which often utilizes formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals). In addition, biodegradable containers are used for burial, and concrete vaults are prohibited.

Green Burial Planning Guide - Provided By The Green Burial Council

Green Burial Guide Click Here

Click on the graphic on the left to download the file.

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Natural Grace Funerals is among a select group of funeral homes approved by the Green Burial Council, a nonprofit organization that encourages the use of burial as a means of facilitating the restoration, acquisition, and stewardship of natural resources.

​Green Burial Graveside Service



  • Pick-up and transportation to our facility
  • Professional services (completion of the required documents including Death Certificate and Disposition Permit)
  • Refrigeration
  • Bathing of the deceased
  • Shrouding 
  • Unbleached Muslin Shroud (for inside a casket)
  • Casketing
  • Mercedes Van for transport to the cemetery
  • Graveside Service
  • Transportation to the Cemetery (60 miles included, $4 per mile over 60 mi.)
  • Obituary Listing on the Natural Grace website, if desired
  • ​Disposition Permit
*Casket (or outer shroud) additional.

Green Burial Cemeteries In California

  • NEW Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery (Fallbrook): Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery is certified as a hybrid cemetery, one of the first GBC-certified green burial locations in San Diego County. Website
  • NEW Creston Cemetery (Creston): Within proximity to San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero and Morro Bay, Creston Cemetery stands on the top of a hill, boasting scenic views that capture the Central California landscape. Website
  • NEW Morgan Oaks Eternal Preserve (Lincoln): 421 Fleming Road, Lincoln, CA 95648. Morgan Oaks is a 160-acre wildlife preserve in Lincoln, CA. Founded in 2020, Morgan Oaks Eternal Preserve provides families with natural and meaningful memorial landscapes that focus on preservation and stewardship. It is dedicated to creating beautiful and peaceful final resting spaces that are focused on restoring and protecting the natural surroundings of the existing ecosystems. Website
  • Woodlawn Cemetery (Santa Monica): This conventional cemetery provides a selected area for green burials. website 
  • Hillside Memorial Park (Los Angeles): A Jewish cemetery that provides a selected area for green burial. Contact information: website.
  • Cayetano Natural Burial Ground (Tulocay) 411 Coombsville Rd. Napa, CA 94558 707-252-4727
  • San Luis Cemetery (San Luis Obispo): This conventional cemetery provides a selected area for green burials. Contact: 805-543-7053
  • Purissima Cemetery (San Mateo County): Historic cemetery that has recently been established as a natural burial ground. Contact information: 609-892-4429
  • Joshua Tree Memorial Park (Joshua Tree): This cemetery is located near the Joshua Tree National Park and has a section set aside from its conventional cemetery to accommodate green burial. website
  • Sunset Lawn (Sacramento): This conventional cemetery will accommodate green burial. website
  • The Meadow at Westwood Hills Memorial Park (Placerville): a non-endowment fund cemetery with a section set aside for green burial. website  
  • Fernwood Cemetery (Mill Valley): The Fernwood Burial Ground in Marin County's Tennessee Valley is adjacent to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Fernwood property is 32 acres with part of it set aside for natural burial. A National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat, Fernwood’s green cemetery has hillsides blanketed with heritage oaks, bay laurel trees, sword ferns, and native grasses, that provide habitat for bobcats, blue heron, wild turkey, deer, and cranes. website  
  • Davis Cemetery District & Arboretum: Davis Cemetery is an historic, endowment cemetery located in Davis, California. Green burial occurs with the use of a vault lid, but no vault and the cost of the lid is $400. Their website explains that the body or container is lowered onto the earth at the bottom of the grave. Earth is then packed directly around and over the body or container instead of using a traditional cement vault or grave liner. Then, a vault lid is placed on the packed dirt above the body and then more dirt is put on top of the lid in order to ensure that the grave site remains flat and stable for the weight of the memorial marker and the mowers and other equipment. website.

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