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We have been recognized by the state of New Jersey as the 2007 Clean Energy Small Business of the Year for our use of solar electric and efforts in conservation education.  


Prout Funeral home is your "natural" choice for green funerals in the North Jersey area. For those who live an environmentally sustainable life and prefer to leave the earth that way as well, a green funeral or natural burial may be the answer.

With our NATURAL BURIAL PACKAGES this approach creates a legacy of enduring stewardship and renewal as it ensures that you will return to the elements as naturally as possible. Interment can take the place in a shroud, blanket, quilt or native biodegradable casket. No embalming. No manufactured caskets. No concrete vaults.

Some families may prefer a home funeral or a ceremony closer to home; others will opt for a graveside celebration of life. Some local churches may be accommodating to green funerals, which may be another option for the funeral ceremony.

Even if you own an existing plot in a local cemetery, we can help you create a greener funeral service as a spiritually fulfilling alternative to the traditional funeral or cremation.

Please contact us for more information
or to make arrangements.

The Natural Burial Company offers The Ultimate in Environmental Recycling - beautiful, renewable and sustainable...Willow caskets, coffins, urns and baskets.


Interviews, Articles, & Awards

Prout Funeral Home is a Certified Funeral Provider by the Green Burial Council and an active leader in Green Funeral Services.

June 28, 2012 — Presented “Greening the Undertaker”, a seminar for Funeral Directors in Union NJ

March 23 & 24, 2012 — Exhibited and spoke about Natural Burials at the Garden State GreenFest in Union NJ

November 9-12, 2011 — Participated in the Retreat & Conference of the Visionary Board of the Green Burial Council in Santa Fe, NM

November 2, 2011 — Recognized by the Archbishop of Newark and Catholic Cemeteries for Dedicated Service

March 19, 2011 — Spoke about ‘Greening Your Funeral Service” to the Garden State GreenFest in Union NJ

January 5, 2011 — Presented seminar on Greener Funeral Practices in a Changing Market to Bergen County Funeral Directors Association

September 25, 2010 — Spoke about “Greener Funeral Services” at the Environmental Fair of the Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Wayne NJ

May 11, 2010 — Conducted Seminar on Green Funerals & Formaldehyde free embalming at the annual Convention of the Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association on St. Simon’s Island, GA

April 20, 2010 — Presented Workshop on Greener Funeral Practices to Mercer County Funeral Directors Association

March 11, 2010 - Workshop on Green Funeral Practices for
Funeral Directors in Naples, Florida

February 14, 2010 - Eco-Funerals are Increasing in Popularity in NJ

February 11, 2010 - Guest speaker on working with the Green Consumer/Natural Burials at a seminar for Funeral Directors in Avon, CO

January 27, 2010 - Appeared in article on Natural Burials in "The Advocate" in Newark, NJ

April 23, 2009 - Presented one hour Seminar to Essex Union & West Hudson FDA on Green Practices in Funeral Homes

April 16, 2009 - Guest on the Morning Blend Talk Radio, 88.7, Wayne NJ about Green Funerals

April 7, 2009 - Presented a two hour Seminar to Vermont FDA Annual Spring Meeting in Montpelier, VT on Green Practices in the Funeral Home & Natural Burials

September 2008 - Featured in the “Green Funeral Service Desk Reference” , a guide for Funeral Service Professionals, published by Kates Boylston

September 24, 2008 - Panel Presenter for American Funeral Director Magazine Web Seminar on Green Practices for Funeral Homes

August 28, 2008 - Panel Presenter for National Funeral Directors Association Web Seminar on Green Funerals

April 25 to 27, 2008 - Exhibitor on Green Funerals & Natural Burials at the Global Green Expo in Liberty State Park

March 17, 2008 - Guest on the Ricci Ware Radio program (WKTSA- San Antonio) on Green Funerals

December 2, 2007 - Featured of front page of Bergen Record with article on Natural Burials & Green Funerals

October 11, 2007 - Featured front page of Star Ledger with article on Natural Burials & Green Funerals

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