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Green / Eco-Friendly Funerals

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.

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

We had prepaid for my father’s funeral. The costs were very reasonable, One phone call to Damian and the wheels were set in motion, He was very understanding and patient with us as we tried to put together content for the Service which was to be live-streamed due to Covid restrictions. He was available to chat at any time of the day and the Service went well despite the obstacles. Crane Funerals has looked after both of our parents funerals and I have no hesitation recommending them to anybody.


Recently we had a sudden loss in our family with a vehicle accident. It was one of the most difficult times we have ever faced. We were advised that there was TAC funeral coverage that we could apply for, but we weren’t sure of how to do everything, especially given our grief clouding our minds. We contacted a few funeral directors and Damian and Crane Funerals was our choice. Everything from the start was made as easy as possible, and they handled the whole TAC funeral application for us. My brothers funeral was exactly as we wished, and nothing was too much trouble for Crane Funerals – they made it simple and it was just so beautiful on the day.


Damian was excellent.We would highly recommend Damian and Crane Funerals. Damian was very supportive and caring, which helped us manage this very difficult time. He was understanding and went out of his way to help us with all our requests. Damian was compassionate and kind. We really appreciated everything he did. There was follow-up after the funeral and this was a nice touch.


Great caring service. Crane Funerals delivered a lovely service recently for our son who was taken from us suddenly in an accident. Damian arranged everything regarding the TAC funeral paperwork etc, and the service was excellent before, at, and after the funeral. Highly recommended for service and care – Crane Funerals handle everything with simplicity, straightforward advice and terrific customer service.