Green Burial Council
Based in the United States, the Green Burial Council (GBC) is viewed as the ‘go to’ organization in North America for reliable, defensible information about green burial and green funeral practices.
Our society has close ties with the GBC and our President and Secretary Treasurer have served and continue to serve on GBC steering committees. We are highly supportive of the GBC, as the GBC is of us, and we envision – as we establish our distinctly Canadian footprint – maintaining a close working relationship and affiliation with the GBC.
In fact, until that time when we have developed and tested defensible, made-in-Canada, certification standards for green burial cemeteries (and eventually funeral service providers) we will direct and defer Canadian providers to the GBC for certification under their assessment process.
The GBSC recognizes the GBC certification standards and Canadian service providers “approved’ as green burial or green funeral service providers. For more certification information please see the ‘Find A Provider’ tab.
The Natural Death Centre / Association of Natural Burial Grounds
The UK has led the modern green burial movement since the early 1990’s. Today green burial is widely available across England, Wales and Scotland. The Natural Death Centre is a great resource to understand the green burial movement.
The Natural Death Centre was founded in 1991 and is based in Twyford, Winchester, England. It is a social, entrepreneurial, educational charity that gives free, impartial advice on all aspects of dying, bereavement and consumer rights. They give support on family-organized and environmentally friendly funerals, and run the Association of Natural Burial Grounds.
The Association of Natural Burial Grounds (ANBG) by The Natural Death Centre in 1994. Its aims and objects have remained unchanged, the adoption of natural (green) burial disposition.
Like the GBC in the US, they require members to comply with a code of conduct that provides the public with the assurance of best practice at every one of their member sites. They also assist individuals in the process of establishing new natural burial grounds and provide guidance to existing burial ground operators wanting to provide natural burial services.