By Andrew Hodges
On Tuesday November 19, 2019 at 7 p.m. the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home will host Green Burial information event in the End Zone Room at the St. Mays Pyramid Recreation Centre.
The concept of green burial is to deal with a dead person’s body using the most environmentally sensitive practices possible.
The presentation will last about an hour followed by an opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions.
The hope of this event is to provide education on eco-friendly funeral options with the ultimate goal of the Town of St. Marys creating a green burial section within the St. Marys Cemetery. A green burial section would only allow burials of not embalmed bodies, contained within an environmentally made casket (no metal, no lacquers or varnishes) and no casket vault. The grounds of the green section are not covered in grass, but in a ground covering that does not require maintenance. And instead of individual markers, there would be perhaps some sort of communal marker.
Creating a green burial site in St. Marys Cemetery would certainly be unique to the area and help diversify options for our cemetery.
Two members of the Green Burial Society of Canada have been invited to speak. Ellen Newman, a licensed funeral director with keen interest of eco-friendly funeral options and Mark Richardson, manager of Cemeteries for the City of Niagara Falls, he helped create a two acre green burial ground in Fairview Cemetery. Their talk will include the following topics: History of Green Burial, what Green Burial is, who wants Green Burial, Green Cemeteries, Green Burial in Ontario, bringing Green Burial to our community, and some thoughts from the funeral side.
Space is limited within the End Zone room, so for those planning to attend, kindly RSVP through the Hodges Funeral Home, call 519-284-2820, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 519-520-0478.