Ridgeview Memorial Gardens is the only Green Burial Council certified green burial site in West Michigan.
The intent of natural or "green" burial is to minimize the impact of burial on the environment. While we might think of this in terms of chemical impact (primarily embalming fluids), the intent also addresses the manufacture and delivery of vaults and casketry and the long-term maintenance of grave sites. In many respects green burial could be called life's ultimate and final simplification. As such it is attractive to those who wish to minimize costs and address environmental sensitivities. For more information about green burial and the Green Burial Council: www.greenburialcouncil.org
Green Burial Considerations at Ridgeview
§ Natural Burials: Green burial takes place in the Meadows of Ridgeview, a working hayfield--taking no land out of useful production. Large 6' x 9' gravesites are utilized to guarantee at least 3' of undisturbed earth in all directions between graves. Interments in our Natural Gardens have minimal maintenance and revert to a very natural setting hosting foxes, raccoons, rabbits, deer, and an extensive array of native bird life.
§ Grave Markers: Each gravesite at Ridgeview must be identified with a granite marker (i.e., not bronze, marble, limestone, sandstone, etc.) which we must install at a cost commensurate with the marker. Flush markers shall not be less than 12" x 24" nor more than 24" x 30". The design for monuments must be approved in writing by cemetery personnel.
§ Hand-Dug Graves: Hand-dug graves are available for those who wish to further minimize the "carbon footprint." There will be an added cost for this service which includes backfilling and restoration. There is a surcharge for Sundays and holidays. There is also a surcharge for winter conditions (Nov. - April).
§ Notification: While we typically expect 24 hours notice for natural burial, we can comply with requests for immediate direct burial. There is a surcharge for the service. Hand-digging is not an option with less than 24-hour notice.
§ Site Conditions: Since cemeteries are ground-condition-dependent, there will be occasions when we simply cannot get into the ground. We reserve the right to decline unscheduled delivery.
1. Gravesite only (6' x 9') in The Meadows*
*Opening & closing & restoration to be paid at time of use
2. Gravesite (6' x 9') with interment in The Meadows**
**Includes gravesite, opening & closing & restoration
Funeral Consumers Information Society, or FCIS, is a volunteer-run nonprofit that has been dedicated to helping Michiganians make dignified, meaningful and affordable funeral arrangements since 1961. For more information about FCIS: www.funeralinformationsociety.org
The only Green Burial Council certified
Green Burial site in Western Michigan.