COVID-19 and Green Burial
As of April 21, 2020, here's what the Green Burial Council has to say about the safety of burial: "The CDC states that decedents with COVID-19 may be buried or cremated according to the family's preference." Family members and providers must keep current about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) precautions. For more information visit: www.greenburialcouncil.org which has links to guidance from the CDC, OSHA, and National Funeral Directors Association.
See below for info about May/June GBC virtual events.***
GBAM Virtual Quarterly Event:
Learn about Green/Natural Burial
and being prepared during the current world crisis
Sunday, May 31
RSVP To receive a zoom link
with two special speakers:
Lee Webster* of Green Burial Council,
Dan Morhaim** author, M.D.
On February 29th we hosted an event at the Woodbrook Baptist Church, where we gathered with an attentive crowd of 30 people. We heard from our board member, Mike Franch, about his recent experience finding the people, place and resources to arrange a green/natural burial for his beloved wife Eileen. We shared and discussed current options and the need for education of the public and related industries.
Speakers for 5/31/20:
*Lee Webster is the author of several home funeral and green burial books, including
Changing Landscapes: Exploring the growth of ethical, compassionate, and environmentally sustainable green funeral practices, and has published articles and interviews that can be found in various media outlets, including The New Republic, Boston Globe, National Geographic, NPR, and many others.
**Dan Morhaim is a board-certified physician with over 40 years front-line clinical emergency medicine experience. He served for 24 years (1995-2019) in the Maryland General Assembly House of Delegates. His second book "Preparing for a Better End: Expert Lessons in Death and Dying for You and Your Loved Ones" is available for pre-order now from Johns Hopkins Press (www.press.jhu.edu) and Amazon. He has written numerous articles for medical and general media publications."
***May and June from GBC website: Peer to Peer online, video Forums
Wednesday, May 8 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST
Death Cafes: Stimulating Conversations that Matter (including green burial).
Wednesday, June 10 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST
Advocating for Legislative Changes that Support Natural Burial
"It is more important now than ever to ensure our medical affairs are in order. We can use this opportunity to prepare a “Medical Go-Bag” should a hospital visit be required," says Dr. Dan Morhaim. "This would include: a list of your medical conditions, a list of current medications, reports of recent lab and imaging tests, a copy of an EKG (if available), and an advance care plan so that clinicians know who speaks for the patient if the patient is unable to speak for themselves. An advance care plan can include how you wish to be buried. One excellent online resource is MyDirectives.com.
Funeral homes and cemeteries offering green burial in the Baltimore/Washington area are listed on our website www.greenburialmaryland.org. Please contact us if you know of additional providers.