All posts by Ellen Newman

Ellen Newman is Co-instigator of the Good Green Death Project and a licensed funeral director specializing in green, natural and family-led funeral, burial and end of life care options. She is a graduate (2014) of the Contemplative End of Life Care program at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Burial Society of Canada. Her other work includes hosting/facilitating the Halton Hills Death Café, serving as a member/trainer for the Infant and Pregnancy Loss Doula program of the Home Hospice Association and on the the National Lay Chaplaincy Steering Committee of the Canadian Unitarian Council. She firmly believes that if people do not know what options are available to them, they do not have any. Ellen is committed to working toward change that allows for a more participatory, empowered experience at the end of life.

11 Environmentally Friendly Burial Options

This is part two in our four part series on green burial.  As we discussed in part one of our green burial series, the options for a greener death are growing. Cemeteries are opening up allocated natural burial sections, funeral homes are offering eco-friendly products, and disposition methods are becoming greener. If you’ve decided that green

What is Green Burial Exactly?

This is part one of a four part series on green burial. Changes are coming to the funeral profession, and green burial may be the catalyst. As we’ve discussed before, common burial in the West is an environmentally costly endeavour, with over 6 billion tons of concrete, 800,000 gallons of Formaldehyde, and enough wood in one