We understand that not all families want what would be considered to be a traditional funeral service or may simply be concerned with the impact that their funeral will have on our planet and its environment. The last few years have seen an vast increase in the public's awareness in the concept of green burial.
We at S. Stibbards & Sons have embraced those ideas and can now offer our families a full range of ecologically friendly funeral options, from help with choice of a green burial site, the type of coffin, to arranging a non-religious officiant to take the service. If you would like more information on our green funerals option, please contact us.
GREEN BURIAL SITES
We are fortunate that within our locality we have the benifit of a number of Green Burial sites.
Thornton Meadows is located in Ashingdon, just outside Rochford in the shadow of St Andrews Church. The site offers burials in a natural open setting, which will be turned into a woodland glade as the burial places are taken. There is no Memorial Hall at the site but we will be more than happy to find a suitable venue for you should a service be required.
Woodside Cemetery is a municipal cemetery within the borough of Castle Point. The cemetery has a small woodland burial section and families are allowed to plant a tree on the grave once the burial has taken place. There is a service chapel at the cemetery that can be used to hold both religious and non-religious servces.
Herongate Wood is situated just outside Billericay and is a large natural burial site. There is a memorial hall which can be used to hold services and it is surrounded by countryside. Graves can be marked with a stone marker if desired and trees are planted as necessary so that the burial site will eventually become a forest.
Epping Forest Burial Park
Epping Forest Burial Park is located in North Weald, just outside Epping and is situated in mature woodland, that is managed to maintain its natural beauty. The burial parks many different types of graves and has meeting rooms and a memorial hall that can be used for services.
The Orwell, is a hand made coffin crafted from Bamboo and is 100% bio-degradable.
The Chelmer, is a hand made coffin crafted from Somerset Willow and is 100% bio-degradable.
For a further selection of eco-friendly coffins go to the 'our services/coffins' page