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We are proud to be Green Burial Council Approved Funeral Service Providers

Brenan's Funeral Homes have been certified as Approved Funeral Service Providers by the Green Burial Council (GBC). Having met a series of standards assuring that our customers will have access to eco-friendly options and knowledgeable staff, Brenan's is the first funeral provider in Greater Saint John, and among only a handful across Canada, to achieve GBC certification.

An independent, nonprofit entity working to encourage environmentally sustainable deathcare and the use of burial as a new means of protecting natural areas, the Green Burial Council is now represented by 300 (and growing) "approved providers" operating throughout North America. Founded in the US and stewarded by individuals representing the environmental/conservation community, consumer organizations, academia and the deathcare industry among others, the mostly volunteer organization now has offices in the US and Canada.

In their efforts to make available more ecologically responsible deathcare services, the Council has created certifiable standards for their approved providers while working to inform the public about the need for environmentally sustainable options and ensuring that funeral directors, cemeterians, and suppliers are aware of environmental concerns and can competently serve families seeking greener options.

Brenan's offers a number of service and merchandise options that may appeal to those seeking a 'greener' alternative - please contact us for further information relating to your needs.

What is Green Burial

Green burial has come to be understood as end-of-life rituals, disposition options, and products that do not involve the use of toxic chemicals or non- biodegradable materials. In other words, it's burial that does not involve chemical embalming, metal caskets, and concrete burial vaults. Green burial uses less energy and creates less waste than conventional burial. It's essentially the way most of humanity cared for its dead for thousands of years up until the late 19th century. In some instances, green burial can also be used to facilitate ecological restoration and landscape-level conservation. GreenBurialCouncil.org