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. Many might think of this in terms of chemical impact (primarily embalming fluids). However, 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 can be called life's ultimate and final simplification. This is a cost effective way to protect and respect environmental sensitivities. In many cases, it also minimizes burial costs. 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 in the Meadows of Ridgeview must be identified with a lawn-level flush granite marker (i.e., not bronze, marble, limestone, sandstone, etc.) which we will install at a reasonable charge. A 24" x 12" x 4" standard size memorial marker is a typical choice. The design must be approved in writing by cemetery personnel.
§ Notification: While we usually expect 24 hours notice for natural burial, we can comply with requests for immediate direct burial. There is a surcharge for the service.
§ Site Conditions: Since cemeteries are ground-condition-dependent, there will be occasions when we 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
The only Green Burial Council certified
Green Burial site in Western Michigan.
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