... for a Natural Funeral Planner - how to find the natural options

Bicycle_hearseAny funeral service provider can help you get a natural coffin from the Natural Burial Company, and most are willing to help you with natural funeral services, too. If you're having trouble finding one, visit the Natural End Map. If you just want to look at the "stuff", come over to our ONLINE STORE.

The natural burial movement is still new to North America, and finding a funeral service provider who will support environmentally friendly options can be a challenge.

However, you might be surprised to learn that there are a lot of funeral service providers out there who are prepared to support families who want an environmentally friendly funeral. Just ask Wade Lind, of Sunset Hills Cemetery in Eugene! He's added vault-free burial to his traditional cemetery and even has a pedal-powered hearse! 


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We work with a number of funeral homes around the country who have taken the time to understand the special requirements of natural funeral service provision. Between the list below, and the providers listed on the Natural End Map, we hope you're able to find the services you need. Please feel free to contact us directly at the Natural Burial Company if you need any other assistance or referrals and we'll be happy to help however we can.



Midwest USA 

For over 30 years, Nie Funeral Homes has served the Ann Arbor community's funeral needs. Their primary focus is to add the family in taking the needed time, and providing the means to remember and reflect on the person who has deeply touched the lives of family and friends. Nie keeps pace with the changing times, and their emphasis on personal service reflects that commitment.

Pacific Northwest USA

Mt. Scott Funeral Home, established in 1924, has been helping families cope with the loss of a loved one for over 80 years.  Family owned and operated for three generations, we strongly believe in treating our families with the compassion, integrity, and professionalism we would want to receive. Mt. Scott offers conventional as well as natural burial "packages", including no-embalming, a biodegradable or clean burning coffin, and assistance in locating a natural burial opportunity in a cemetery.

  • Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home - Ashland, Oregon

Litwiller - Simonsen Funeral Home with woven coffins

Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home serves Ashland, Medford, and the surrounding areas of Southern Oregon. You can view an online video of Tim Simonsen explaining the personalization services of his company at the Funeral Gurus website. Litwiller-Simonsen stocks Somerset Willow coffins and FTP Seagrass, and is working with local cemeteries to add the natural burial option for its community's many environmentally aware residents.


"People's Memorial Funeral Cooperative provides simple dignified, affordable final arrangements to residents of the Seattle – King County, Washington area. While the vast majority of our members choose simple cremation, we offer the full range of cremation and burial choices. As a member-owned cooperative, our focus is on serving our members and their families rather than on meeting sales quotas."

"Wade has had the specific intention of transforming Sunset Hills into a natural burial site, providing a complete range of “green” disposition and memorial services. Wade pointed to a young tree planted on one natural burial site. “She wanted to be an apple tree,” he explained of the woman now interred there. That apple tree is that grave’s sole marker and one of more than a hundred trees the new management has planted thus far, with many more trees to come." Healthy Green Pages

Midwest USA


 "The family tradition started when Elmer and Inez Gunderson founded Gunderson Funeral Home in 1922..."Most of the people that walk through our door know Bob or myself and our family from the past 80 years here in Madison. Many of them we can call by name when they walk through the door." 

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 Randle_dable.staff"Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is a family-owned funeral home with deep roots in the Waukesha community dating dack to 1891. Our goal is to serve you and your family with dignity, pride, and honor while showing we care. We realize there is no typical funeral service and that each family has its own special-need customs and traditions. We are dedicated to helping you create a final tribute for your loved one."

Northeast USA

Prout Funeral Home  is a full-service funeral home in northern New Jersey, just 15 minutes from New York. Featured in a number of newspaper and magazine articles, Prout's is well-known for its natural approach. In addition to being an innovative 3rd generation service that has its electricity supplied by solar panels, they offer home-funeral facilitation, formaldehyde-free embalming and no embalming treatments, and also stock a wide range of the Natural Burial Company's wicker coffins. They have work with natural burial cemeteries, including Greensprings in upstate New York and Steelmantown Cemetery in New Jersey.

Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home - Allentown, Pennsylvania


Nicos.c.elias.funeral.home"Going green means taking a new ecologically friendly approach to death and funerals. While there are few “green” cemeteries in the U.S., we can still recommend ways to have less of an impact on our environment where funerals are concerned. Some options are biodegradable caskets, urns, preservation without embalming, and even avoiding steel and concrete tombs altogether. For us, it also means using “green” and eco-friendly cleaning products for our disinfecting and sanitizing procedures.

Ecopodbrochurepart1_0001 ...At Mourning Dove Studio we offer one of a kind hand made life chests, caskets, urns, and shrouds. We also provide eco-friendly products newly available in this country, such as the ARKA Ecopod and the Somerset Willow casket. Our mission is to inspire you to take control of how you mark the milestones of life and death. Our products and services help you to personalize final rites of passage and leave a legacy of love. We also offer creative workshops to support you in making your own memorial art..



Ogden_funeral_homeOgden Funeral Home - Toronto, Ontario

Since 1948 the Ogden Family has been providing family owned funeral services to the Metropolitan Toronto area for three generations. As needs have changed over time Ogden Funeral Homes and staff have adapted to meet any unique requirements of families, regardless of faith or religion.


J.j.cardinal.funeral J.J.Cardinal Funeral Home - Lachine, Quebec


  "Families that engage the services of the J.J. Cardinal funeral salon have access to a large chapel, an interior columbarium, reception halls that can accommodate large numbers of people, better service areas, larger rooms and vestibules and of course…a higher degree of comfort...families can obtain the needed service and support on-site in their most difficult period of bereavement


Biodegradable Coffins, Eco Friendly Caskets, and Ash Burial Urns for North America

NATURAL BURIAL IS the direct earth-burial of a body or cremated remains in a biodegradable container that allows the elements to return fully to the soil over time...

The Natural Burial Company sells biodegradable* coffins, caskets, urns and natural funeral goods throughout the US and into Canada (click here for the Natural Burial Company's "Good Funeral Store") . Our crafters come from around the world, where the technique of making handwoven coffins has not yet been lost, and where direct-earth burials without vaults are still common. Your requests for and purchase of these products helps keep these handarts arts alive, and challenges the funeral profession to shift to more sustainable funeral and cemetery practices - before you need them!

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Visit the Natural Burial Company's "Good Funeral Store"


Somersetwillow.purplefield Our wicker coffins and urns are sourced from tried-and-tested suppliers around the world, many of whom grow and/or harvest their own fiber. Thousands of these high-quality coffins have been buried or cremated throughout the UK -  their designs are tried and tested, and ideal for natural burial or cremation. Each year, more North American funeral homes stock these natural products, and we look forward to the day when biodegradable coffins and urns are as common as organic foods are today.

We've even designed some of these products ourselves - the Shrouding Board(TM) and the Caskit(TM) are two of our favorites, inspired by the need for dignified shroud burial and natural DIY shipped-flat caskets that can be built or decorated at home. We work to find products for burial and cremation that lower the energy footprint, honor ecological preferences, and are made of non-synthetic and biodegradable materials. View those we offer at retail in our online natural coffin gallery and store or contact us directly for more information for either wholesale, retail, or custom-coffin options..


To locate a natural funeral service provider we suggest you visit the Natural End Map for a list of funeral directors and cemetery operators who have signed The Natural End Map -  natural funeral service provider networkthe "Natural End Pledge." They promise to provide "natural funeral basics" like funerals without embalming and biodegradable caskets, and help clients find a nearby cemetery that offers burial without vaults or liners between body and earth. Natural End Pledge Signers often go far beyond the bare minimum, offering you creative celebrations, receptions with organic food, and even retrofitting their funeral homes to refrigerate you with solar power and compost the leftovers from your Last Big Party. Visit them on the Map, and if you don't see your favorite natural funeral provider there, encourage them to sign up soon.


We also recommend BOOKS AND MEDIA, keep track of ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL NEWS, consult on CEMETERY TRANSITION MANAGEMENT, and share opinions about the natural burial movement wherever we can. Sign up at our FACEBOOK PAGE to stay in touch with articles, tips and updates on the movement worldwide, and add your two cents, too!

We sell retail AND through funeral service providers and we can ship almost anywhere. This means that anyone can get a biodegradable coffin, shroud or urn, whether or not they can find a funeral director to provide one. However, ANY funeral director can order a Natural Burial Company product on your behalf. Check and compare prices - they may offer better better ones than we do, once you factor in shipping and the other services you receive from a funeral professional.


*NOTE: biodegradable coffins and urns must be buried in proper soil conditions in order to biodegrade in a timeframe normally expected of burial in a cemetery.