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Picture of Patti Crawford And Mike VanAs taken at our "Green Burial Exhibit" at Greentopia Ecofest, Rochester, NY September 15-16 2012.  We set up an educational booth to explain the Green Burial Options now available to families in the Greater Rochester, NY community.  The weather was a bit cool, but we had lots of visitors with good questions!

GREEN BURIAL OFFERINGS

At the Crawford Funeral Home we work tirelessly to provide our families with a wide variety of funeral and memorial service options. Currently five cemeteries in Monroe County now offer Green Burials as a form of final disposition. We will work closely with each family to provide Green Burials designed to meet their individual needs and expectations. 

FAMILIES CONSIDERING Green Burial should remember that this disposition option limits their ability to delay calling or services. A long delay between the time of death and burial (while awaiting family arrivals) is NOT realistic. Please consider an IMMEDIATE GREEN BURIAL followed by a Memorial Service if travel delays are anticipated.

OPTION 1 – GREEN BURIAL DIRECT (from $2530 + merchandise & Cash Advances)

  1. Removal from place of death in Monroe County
  2. Arrangements conference with family to formalize service plan and obituary
  3. Secure Death Certificate,  NYS Burial Permit, Certified Copies ($30 Each)
  4. Family to select from merchandise options for Green Burial
  5. Transfer of deceased to Cemetery in Monroe Co. (No viewing)
  6. GRAVESIDE Service in Cemetery within Monroe Co. with Green Burial grave
  7. Direct Green Burial service normally completed within 48 hours of death

OPTION 2– GREEN BURIAL GRAVESIDE SERVICE FOLLOWED BY A MEMORIAL SERVICE at our Funeral Home (from $3195 + Merchandise & Cash Advances)

Items 1 -7 from Option 1 Plus

  1. PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE at Crawford Funeral Home or Area Church

OPTION 3 – GREEN BURIAL – PRIVATE LIMITED FAMILY Calling and Service at Crawford Funeral Home (From $4185 + merchandise & Cash Advances)

 Items 1 – 5 from Option 1 PLUS

  1. Custodial Care as required
  2. MERCHANDISE to be selected by family
  3. Dress and casket deceased
  4. PRIVATE FAMILY CALLING AT FUNERAL HOME FOR UP TO TWO (2) hours-LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE (or consider Option 4 to include more family and friends).
  5. PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE SAME DAY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING CALLING
  6. Graveside service prior to 3 PM on SAME DAY MONDAY THRU FRIDAY

OPTION 4 – GREEN BURIAL (PRIVATE IN HOME FAMILY TIME) (from $4040 + Merchandise + Cash Advances)

Items 1 – 5 from Option 1 PLUS:

  1. Custodial Care as required
  2. MERCHANDISE to be selected by family
  3. Dress and casket deceased
  4. Deliver remains to DECEASED’S residence in Monroe County
  5. Funeral Home staff in attendance to assist the family during private calling
  6. PRIVATE FAMILY CALLING UP TO TWO HOURS IMMEDIATELY followed by a
  7. GRAVESIDE SERVICE prior to 3 PM SAME DAY Monday Thru Friday

OPTION 5 – GREEN BURIAL PUBLIC CALLING & SERVICE AT Crawford Funeral Home (from $4430 + Merchandise + Cash Advances)

Items 1 – 5 from Option 1 PLUS

  1. CASKET to be selected by family
  2. PREPERATION OF BODY (Eco-Embalming) using Green Burial Council approved Fluids and procedures may be required. Our staff will help determine if this is necessary.
  3. DRESS and CASKET deceased
  4. PUBLIC CALLING HOURS: Two – four hours at  our Funeral Home
  5. PUBLIC FUNERAL SERVICE – at our Funeral Home on SAME DAY
  6. GRAVESIDE SERVICE prior to 3 PM SAME DAY Monday Thru Friday -or-

OPTION 6 – GREEN BURIAL PUBLIC CALLING at Crawford Funeral Home with SERVICE or MASS at Church (from $4135 + Merchandise & Cash Advances)

All items in Option 1 and Option 5 PLUS

  1. PUBLIC CALLING HOURS at our Funeral Home (2-4 hours)
  2. PUBLIC FUNERAL OR MASS AT CHURCH NEXT DAY
  3. GRAVESIDE SERVICE prior to 2 PM SAME DAY AS SERVICE

SOME CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING GREEN BURIAL AS AN OPTION:

  1. LONG TRAVEL DELAYS - between the time of death and burial (while awaiting family arrivals) is NOT realistic when considering green burial.
  2. GRAVE: The family must own a green burial grave in a Monroe County cemetery that offers Green Burial as a disposition option.
  3. CUSTODIAL CARE:  will be added for Post Mortem Care of the deceased (to delay decomposition utilizing dry ice) and is charged at the rate of $135/day. (Charges start 24 hours from the TIME OF DEATH.)
  4. PREPERATION OF THE REMAINS – Eco-Embalming using Green Burial Council approved biodegradable non-toxic fluids that will permit delayed public calling and service may be an option to consider for green burial.
  5. GREEN BURIAL MERCHANDISE: For your convenience we have available a variety of offerings many that have Green Burial Council approval.
  6. PRIVATE IN-HOME PRIVATE FAMILY TIME – Limited to 2 hours of private family time on the day following death at the deceased’s residence. Please discuss this eco-friendly option with our staff.
  7. CEMETERY CHARGES – Please remember that most cemeteries charge additional fees for burials on SATURDAY, SUNDAYS & HOLIDAYS. These fees are in addition to their regular Monday – Friday grave opening fees and may add $300 - $600 to the cemetery charges.
  8. CASH ADVANCES: are funds paid by the funeral home for services to third party providers to assist the family. They will be explained and included on the ITEMIZATION OF GOODS AND SERVICES provided every family.
  9. PAYMENT For all services, merchandise & cash advances payment Is due in full at the arrangements conference.

We welcome your questions about the Green Burial Options and will work closely with each family to meet their personalized service needs and expectations.

THE CRAWFORD FUNERAL HOME STAFF

GREEN BURIAL MERCHANDISE OFFERINGS

GREEN BURIAL CASKETS:

  • $1495 – (Aurora Casket Co.) – (H40-025) NATURA Biodegradable Wood with natural cotton interior (GBC approved)
  • $ 895 – (Mathews  Casket Co.) - KINSEY Lightweight Corrugated Cardboard with crepe interior
  • $ 495 – (Mathews Casket Co.) – TWAIN II (Flat top) Lightweight Corrugated Cardboard with crepe interior

GREEN BURIAL - ALTERNATE CONTAINERS

  • $ 285 – (Starmark) -  NATURAL –Corrugated Cardboard with cotton interior (GBC Approved)

SHROUDS FOR GREEN BURIAL

  • $ 375 –(Kinkaraco)  “PURELIGHT” Burial Shroud (GBC Approved)

SHROUDING BOARDS (Required if a Green casket is not selected)

  • $485 (Natural Burial Co.) SHROUDING BOARD - All pine and all natural materials are used to provide dignified and secure means of transport for those who use a shroud for their loved one.

---------------For Your Consideration ----------

GBC APPROVED – Means that The GREEN BURIAL COUNCIL has verified that the manufacturer or provider of this item meets all GBC environmentally friendly criteria.

Other items listed are eco-friendly and/or biodegradable but may not meet GBC standards. They are included because of their availability from suppliers in our local service area.

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