By Leora Watson
Lynden Tribune 

Green burial provides families meaningful experience


Last updated 8/18/2022 at 11:30am

Leora Watson, Lynden Tribune

While many people choose green burial for the environmental benefits, they often walk away with a profound meaningful experience that's very different from conventional burial, according to Brian Flowers, head of green burial at Moles Farewell Tributes based in Whatcom County.

WHATCOM - A grassy field, open skies, fresh air and birds in song. Trees and plants whose colors change with the seasons. These are ways someone might describe The Meadow.

The Meadow, located at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, offers the option of green burial, a relatively new alternative method of laying a loved one to rest.

Green burial at The Meadow provides families the option to bury loved ones in a serene and natural environment that utilizes sustainable burial methods, biodegradable and nontoxic materials and contributes to the ongoing restoration of The Meadow as a native and thriving ecosystem, according to Brian Flowers, funeral director at the Moles Farewell Tributes Bellingham location and head of green burial at Moles.

Flowers explained that everything used or placed in the ground at The Meadow is nontoxic and biodegradable. That includes the burial container which can either consist of a burial shroud or casket made from all natural materials. This allows all materials to return naturally back to the earth.

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