Initiatives on the go
There’s a ground swelling of demand for green burial, and across Ontario people are taking up the cause. Some are advocating for a conventional cemetery to create a natural burial section, others have private property they hope to re-zone for use as a cemetery, and others are interested in forming a co-op and finding land. If you don’t see your community listed below, maybe you’d like to start an initiative?
Carrie Hoskins has 180 acres of stunning forest of maple, oak, pine, cedar and spruce. Currently it’s zoned as rural/residential in which cemeteries are a permitted land use. Carrie is in discussion with the Municipality of Trent Lakes, Curve Lake First Nations , Kawartha Land Trust, and Kawartha Conservation in the hopes that one day this can provide a final resting place where the forest will be conserved. Carrie meets with her town council on April 7, so please forward your words of support before then.
The municipality has expressed interest in natural burial, and their ears perked when we told them about natural burial grounds with bee hives, hiking paths, and other ways of creating a meaningful resting place for both the dead and the living. Would you like to see a natural burial ground near Clarington? Send us an email. Lots of demand ups the odds of an NBG!
Kyle Moore was a nature lover, and when he died of cancer in February of 2019, his parents felt a green burial aligned perfectly with his values. But, there is no green burial ground in Haliburton County and no winter burials take place either from November through the end of April. “Kyle was a gardener. We used to talk a lot about how we’re part of nature,” Moore says. “Everything about our current burial practices seems to put as many barriers as possible between the body and the soil.” With the assistance of Environment Haliburton, Terry and Shirley raised over $4,000 towards the Kyle Moore Green Burial Initiative, in the hopes of creating a green burial site in Haliburton County. In November of 2019, the Haliburton Highlands Green Burial Society (HHGBS) was formed to do educational and advocacy work for year-round green burial options within all four of the County’s Townships.
There’s been a push for a natural burial ground in Hamilton for some time. Now, Jenna Parascandalo has kindly volunteered to carry the torch! Please share your support at email@example.com.
A nun (Sister Sharon) and a minister (Kay Heuer) and other have formed a group called Transition Town. They want to make North Bay greener — and that includes a natural burial ground. They hope for a hybrid cemetery or ideally a stand-alone natural burial ground; somewhere green where the Sisters of St. Joseph and others can exit in a way that respects the earth and returns to simpler, traditional burial practices.
Owen Sound – it’s a go!
Grassroots campaigns work! For years a passionate community group has pushed for a natural burial ground, and in 2020, Greenwood Cemetery is opening a natural burial section with 82 lots (plots) over 1/4 acre. Come back to our website soon and we’ll be sharing the wisdom and inspiration of these community advocates.
This group has formed a co-op non-profit, and you can become a member. Their goal is to create a natural burial ground in the Ottawa Valley, open to all. While working towards this, they are advocating for and offering education on green burial, and developing relationships with local funeral homes, cemeteries, and municipal councils.
Southgate and West Grey municipalities in Grey County
Christine Forand is leading the charge in her community and presenting the idea to a local cemetery board. Please send her emails of support which she will share with the board. firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s a group championing the cause in this lovely town. Please get in touch to learn more.
There’s a generous couple owning 30 acres of land in the township of Tweed, and they’d love to see their land become a natural burial ground. On one side of the property is an environmentally protected area of wetland with an abundance of wildlife. On the other side of the property lies 15 splendid acres suitable for a natural burial ground.