Welcome to the Association of Green Funeral Directors
Welcome to AGFD
Established in 2009, the Association of Green Funeral Directors (AGFD) has three main objectives.
- To help members of the public find funeral homes in their area which are willing to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly options in the funerals they carry out.
- To encourage funeral directors (FDs) to become more green-minded in all aspects of their work and help bring natural funerals into the mainstream.
- To hold the yearly Good Funeral Awards which recognise all those in the industry who are offering the best service and/or products to their customers.
The AGFD is a non-profit making organisation aiming to bring natural eco-friendly funerals into the mainstream.
The essence of a natural funeral is simplicity. It rejects the idea of the traditional style funeral in favour of something more natural. Burials are often in an unspoilt landscape rather than a conventional cemetery and the natural funeral rejects the more artificial elements associated with funerals such as lacquered coffins with brass handles, strict ceremonies and embalming. It’s the idea of caring for the deceased with a minimal impact on the environment. For people observing certain religious traditions, green burial may also be a way to meet the requirements of religious law in a modern world. However not all of these ideas have to be used and certain elements alone can work within a traditional funeral service too – for example choosing a willow coffin. The choice is yours.
If you want to create a greener funeral, some of the more important elements are:
- The preference of burial over cremation (although eco coffins can also be used for cremations and can make the funeral much greener, plus ashes can be buried in natural burial grounds).
- Using a coffin made from natural, sustainable bio-degradable material such as willow, cardboard or bamboo.
- The rejection of embalming where possible.
- Making sure the grave does not use anything that would prevent the body’s contact with soil and hinder its decomposition such as being lead lined.
- Opting for burial in a natural burial ground – a beautiful, peaceful, permanent site specifically for burial plots.
You can read our full AGFD Code of Practice on the Code of Practice page.
Or perhaps you would like to browse our AGFD Member listings for a member in your area?
Are you a member and would like to take advantage of Associate Member discounts?
Are you interested in becoming an AGFD member? Find out how on our Become a member page.
Due to the current situation the Good Funeral Awards 2020 are postponed for the foreseeable future. More details on our Good Funeral Awards page.
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