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Green Burials

The staff at Groce Funeral Homes recognizes that preservation of our environment is extremely important, and this commitment extends to every aspect of our lives, our recreation, our work, and even our passing.

Groce Funeral Home is one of a select group of funeral providers approved by the Green Burial Council (; a nonprofit organization that encourages the use of burial as a means of facilitating the restoration, acquisition, and stewardship of natural areas. For such arrangements, formaldehyde-based embalming is prohibited as is the use of metal or concrete grave liners, burial vaults, or other permanent burial containers.

Caskets used to enclose and transport the dead are made of bio-degradable materials and are available in a range of prices.

In order to provide our clients the availability of natural (“green”) burials, Groce Funeral Home has tailored a specialized funeral option.

This option does not employ any chemical treatment (embalming) of the body. Yet, because of the availability of refrigeration units at both Groce Funeral Home locations, we are able to preserve the body to provide time for family and friends to gather for the service.

Groce has partnered with the Aurora Casket Company to utilize natural caskets built of pine.  There is no metal in the caskets, which utilize wood dowels and non-toxic wood glue, with straw bedding.


Aurora Casket Co. “Natura” Pine All Wood

Groce further provides families with the option of opening and closing the grave themselves, or, if they prefer for Groce to arrange for digging the grave, we will provide the choice of digging by hand or utilizing a backhoe.

Note that a Green Funeral cannot be completed at some cemeteries: a true green funeral precludes and prohibits the use of a permanent outer burial container. But most cemeteries do require vaults, which are built of more permanent materials and are not biodegradable.


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