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Caskets, Shrouds & Markers

Green burial means natural biodegradable materials only, please—no concrete vault, no varnished wood or metals. We can offer you a number of suggestions for sustainable caskets and shrouds.

  • We recommend shrouds - handmade, natural and biodegradable, they can be made at home by a friend, out of a favorite quilt perhaps, or you can find them online and through funeral homes.
  • WEMP Founding Steward Chris Woodcock at Golden Graphics in Goldendale makes handmade custom shrouds. Her base price is $390. She works with reclaimed and heirloom materials to create beautiful sturdy shrouds with a back board and straps. She can make yours from material which is meaningful to you.

  • Simple untreated and unvarnished caskets are a meaningful way to bury too.
  • Founding WEMP steward Bob Jeffers makes handmade pinewood caskets from local sustainably harvested wood using a glue and wood doweling technique. They can be simple or fancy...your choice. He also does woodburning of words and images - see some examples in the photo gallery below. Base price is $650;

  • Reese Woodwork makes caskets starting at $1000 and will deliver throughout the PNW.

  • Woven Thresholds willow caskets from Maureen Walrath range from $900-2600.

  • Natural Burial Company has online options, look for Green Burial Council certified products – no finishes, no hardwoods. Please see our Policy Practice & Procedure pages for further details on our guidelines.

  • Bob Jeffers also carves custom stone grave markers from local Ekone stone. Engraving is outdoor, seasonal/weather- dependent work, and there may be a limit on word count, depending on the size of the stone. Bob's stones start at $200.

  • You may also work with a stone and engraver of your choice, but we ask that they use "rock-shaped rocks" without polish, that rest naturally in the forest landscape.

Woman squatting next to a grave with a shrouded body, holding a white homing pigeon.

More Photos

White Eagle Memorial Preserve
a Natural Burial Ground at Ekone Ranch

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