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Lethbridge offering green burial options at local cemetery

Last Updated Feb 14, 2020 at 10:36 am MST

The Royal View Memorial Cemetery in Lethbridge (CREDIT: City of Lethbridge)

LETHBRIDGE (660 NEWS) – A southern Alberta city is now the first in the province to offer green burials.

In December, the City of Lethbridge completed work on a grasslands area at the Royal View Memorial Cemetery to be used for green burials.

The process allows you to bury your loved one without embalming or using a casket.

“Green Burial is something we are very proud to be able to offer our residents,” said Hiroshi Okubo, Cemeteries Manager for the City of Lethbridge. “Because we have a supportive partnership with our local funeral homes we’ve been able to be a leader in the province in rolling out this type of program.”

The city says this method minimizes the impact on the environment by returning a body to the earth where it can decompose naturally and contribute to the growth of new life.

Several cities and towns in B.C. and Ontario, including Victoria and Niagra Falls offer a green burial site.

Calgary and Edmonton offer green burials options but through privately-owned funeral homes.