Environmentally Aware Funeral Options
Would you like to make your final carbon footprint a little greener?
Extending your environmentally conscious values from life through to death is indeed a noble idea. We respect your wishes and are glad to assist you with your options.
Our coffins are made in Australia (except our high quality, U.S made metal caskets, and willow/wicker coffins). And our products are made with either sustainably sourced plantation timbers, E0 (Formaldehyde Free) particle board, or cardboard.
So we actually feel all of our Services can be considered eco / green funeral options. Find out more about Our Services.
Australian Made Sustainable Wood Coffins
The coffin used mostly in our green funerals really is the Environmentalists choice. It is a raw finish flat lid coffin, made from sustainable, solid, plantation grown, Australian Radiata pine. Six rope handles complete its “back to nature” appeal.
The floor of the coffin is lined with a non-food, vegetable extract sheet. Trimmed with unbleached calico lining, and four wooden dowels to secure the lid. Matching timber handles are available at an extra cost if you find the rope handles too rustic.
This coffin combined with a ‘greener’ service approach, allows for a peaceful, meaningful funeral service, more in harmony with nature. We are able to switch coffins for you of course, so if you have another coffin in mind from our range please discuss your ideas with us.
Other Earth Friendly Options
Crane Funerals recognises the wishes of those seeking meaningful, yet eco-friendly services and products. Options for environmentally friendly Funerals include, but are not limited to:
- Environmentally friendly cremation
- Natural “bushland” burials
- Coffins made in Australia with Australian materials
- Online funeral notices and obituaries instead of newspaper print notices
- Environmentally friendly / biodegradable embalming products such as the Champion Company’s “Enigma”, when needed (Yes they ARE available despite what some so called “green” advertisers will tell you). This embalming product is fully endorsed by the preeminent advocate of green funerals – the Green Burial Council – even though many people try to claim that embalming is banned from natural burial sites – it is not the case at all
- Coffins or shrouds made with sustainable and biodegradable products and practices
- Using recycled stationary in Order of Service bookletsCatering utilising locally produced, and organic fare
Reducing Carbon Emissions
These options aim to reduce carbon emissions. The act of grieving and celebrating the life of the deceased remain the same, simply combined with green values.
Crane Funerals acknowledge the poetic, “romanticised” view of green funerals, with bodies “feeding” the trees and flowers above. We hope however people understand the practical facts, instead of being tricked into purely sentimental “green” images. Some of this “green washing” doesn’t actually deliver added care for the environment.
Sentimentality aside, the ethos of a green / eco burial or cremation involves heartfelt, practical care for your loved one. This is the basis of all services Crane Funerals provide the Community.
As one of Melbourne’s leading bespoke Funeral Directors, the funeral you arrange with us is your choice. No strict, long list of “Package” funeral options to wade through and be restricted by.
If you’d like more information, or need immediate no strings attached assistance, now is the perfect time to call:
– Somerville / Mornington Peninsula (03) 5977 7198
– Montrose / Eastern Suburbs / Yarra Valley (03) 9761 8494
– Or Mobile 0447 727 263
Alternatively, feel free to send us a message via our secure contact form if you don’t need to talk with us on the phone just yet.
D.V.A Pensioners / R.S.L Funerals. Returned service men and women (old or young) deserve nothing less than the very best in professional assistance. You will also receive special considerations / savings on our funerals. Feel free to call to discuss your R.S.L Funeral Services needs with us.
Our Clients Appreciate Our Warmth & Care
Listen To What Our Clients Have To Say
As you are sitting here reading this, you may be wondering how on Earth to cope with a death in your family too. This is the position my family found ourselves in when we lost our sister. We still think of how much peace of mind we lost finding it so hard to make a decision. Imagine how much easier it is, and how much better you’ll feel when you find a Funeral Director who just gets it. We hadn’t been to a lot of funerals as a family but could see that there were a lot of options available. My mother feels that you get what you pay for, and we were leaning towards a large well known Company we’d been referred to. That was when we happened across Crane Funerals. We were so glad we made the call. From the first contact the team helped us so much. They spent the time to get to know us and we knew they genuinely felt for our situation. We didn’t feel this same ‘connection’ with the larger Company we talked to, which really was important to us. Although we hadn’t heard of Crane Funerals before using their services, we were so glad we did. In the event of needing more funeral assistance in the future, our family will not hesitate to use Crane Funerals.
We prepaid for my parent’s funerals 2 years ago. We chose Cranes based on reviews, and after meeting Damien when he came to discuss options at my parent’s house. When mum passed away recently, we called Damien and it was so reassuring to have him advising us and taking care of arrangements at a very difficult time. He was so patient and helpful in coordinating things and consulted us all the way. He was contactable at any time of the day and responded to calls and messages. The service went so well, and the respect shown by Damien and his team was so appreciated. Financially there was no surprises. My family would recommend Cranes wholeheartedly.
Peter Kennedy, Rye
We attended an RSL Service held by Crane Funerals recently. Everything on the day was done with the utmost respect and professionalism. Their personal service and attention to detail was amazing. Our whole family was so appreciative of the care and support shown by Crane Funerals. They made the whole situation so much easier to deal with and gave us a beautiful sendoff for our loved one, with everything exactly as we wished for and had discussed. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them for any DVA / RSL funeral, or any funeral at all. Thank you all again so much.
It is with much pleasure that I write this reference for Damian Meehan. Damian and I were work colleagues for quite some time with a Melbourne based Funeral Company. I found Damian to be an extremely likeable and caring person. He has built many lasting relationships not only with his work mates, but with the families of deceased persons. Damian has a knack with being able to help people in their time of need. Damian has skills far beyond the basic funeral care. He is a fully qualified embalmer and he takes pride in all his work in the mortuary and on funerals. You can be sure of getting a professional and caring funeral should you decide to employ the services of Damian and his Company. We wish Damian all the best with Crane Funeral Services.
Steve Bell , Somerville, Director, AAA Plaques.
It seems Funeral Directors do nothing but rip people off in their time of need but not CRANE FUNERALS. Damian put our minds at ease by taking over all our funeral problems and leaving us to mourn. After a sit down with him we felt a great weight life off our shoulders. The care he showed just put us a little more at ease. We knew it was going to be a hard time but somehow we managed to get ourselves through. Thanks Damian for all that you did. You went above and beyond what the last funeral director did. You were so caring and patient with us and really took the time to listen to what we wanted. We will never be able to thank you enough.
Annabelle, Wheelers Hill