Flowers appointed to national green burial board

The Bellingham Business Journal

Brian Flowers, cemetarian and green burial coordinator at Moles Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, has been appointed to the Green Burial Council’s National Advisory Board. In this role, Flowers will help develop green burial options around the country and assist with setting the standards for this emerging practice.

“Being invited to sit on the Green Burial Council’s board of advisors is an honor,” Flowers said. “Green burial is still a very new option in the United States, and this position will allow me the opportunity to help direct its development on a national level. I am quite passionate about green burial, and the ethics rooted in stewardship, sustainability and transparency it embodies. To be asked to take the best practices and protocols we have developed at Moles into a larger arena is truly an honor.

Green burial is a natural process whereby the deceased are buried without the use of toxic embalming chemicals in 100 percent biodegradable, non-hazardous caskets or shrouds. Because of the environmentally sound nature of this practice, green burial can also facilitate ecological restoration and conservation.

Flowers will use his experience from designing, developing and operating The Meadow Natural Burial Ground in his position on the Green Burial Council’s National Advisory Board. In this role, Flowers will help others around the country prepare for certification, assist and advise in the Green Burial Council’s growth and expansion as green burial becomes a more prominent option.  Flowers is a regularly featured speaker, on the topic of green burial and will be a presenter at the 2010 International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information on Moles’ natural burial services, call (360) 384-3401 or visit www.MolesFamilyFuneralHomes.com.

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