Natural Burial Caskets
Litwiller – Simonsen Funeral Home offers caskets designed for natural or green burial. The Willow and Seagrass caskets are woven from sustainably harvested biodegradable materials. The Oregon Pine is made in Grants Pass, Oregon by a local cabinet maker using wood harvested in Southern Oregon.
Natural Burial Shrouds
Shrouds offer an alternative to the casket and are designed with lowering straps for gracefully placing the deceased in the grave. Several different materials are available and some designs include burial herbs and spices sewn into the lining.
Families are encouraged to be as involved in the preparation process as they are comfortable. The staff of Litwiller – Simonsen Funeral Home will assist in any way needed to insure a meaningful and respectful burial experience for family and friends.
With green burial there is no embalming used to preserve the remains. However, a body can be held in refrigeration for up to a week or more until arrangements can be made for burial. Litwiller – Simonsen Funeral Home provides refrigeration for all the families we serve.
Cemeteries allowing green burial
Not all cemeteries allow burial without an outer burial container or with only a shroud. Most outlying pioneer cemeteries do not require an outer burial container. Currently Scenic Hills Memorial Park in Ashland will allow a Green Burial, as does Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland.
The most recent addition to Green Burial options in Southern Oregon is The Forest Conservation Burial Ground, located at Willow-Witt Ranch just outside of Ashland, Oregon's first dedicated natural burial ground.