We stay up on all the trends and developments in the field of solar power, sustainability and greener funerals.
Below, you will find some of the articles that we have written or were featured in, as well as tours or presentations that we gave.
- Eco-Friendly Funerals Are Increasing in Popularity in NJ
- Exhibitor on Green Funerals & Natural Burials at the Global Green Expo in Liberty State Park
- Solar Funeral Home Featured in NY Times
- Solar Funeral Home Featured in Wall Street Journal
- Bob & Julia hosted a Webinar on Green Funerals for the Morris County, NJ Funeral Directors on January 6, 2021
- Bob & Julia gave a workshop on Natural Burials at the Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, NJ on January 26, 2020
- Bob & Julia spoke about Greener Funerals at St. Aloysius Church, Caldwell, NJ on February 19, 2020
- Bob spoke about “Grief & Trauma” at the Newark Presbytery Annual Educational Gathering at Montclair State University October 5, 2019
- “Eco burials help reduce carbon footprint” The Record article on Green Funerals April 14, 2019 quotes Bob
- Bob spoke at the NJ League of Municipalities Annual Convention in Atlantic City about Sustainability in Small & Family Businesses 11/14/2018
- Bob Prout was a Panel Presenter on Businesses Going Green at the NJ Sustainability Summit June 21, 2018 at the College of NJ
- Guest on NJ 101.5 –Thinking Green, Even after Death – On Air interview & Article – June 7, 2018
- Bob & Julia Prout presented a webinar for the National Funeral Directors Association, Green Perspectives from Two Generations (April 19, 2018)
- Hosted Annual Solar Tour for the American Solar Energy Society (October 2, 2010)
- Presented a two hour workshop on Solar Energy & Sustainability at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland, NJ (January 12, 2010)
- Received – New Jersey Clean Energy Small Business Leader of the Year Award (September 28, 2007)
- Solar Funeral Home Featured on NJN News (October 29, 2007)
- Guest Speaker at a Funeral Directors Seminar on The Green Consumer & Natural Burials at Beaver Creek, CO (Feb. 11, 2010)
- Presented seminar on Green Management Practices to the National Funeral Directors Association Annual meeting, Boston, MA (Oct. 24, 2009)
- Presenter on Green Practices in the Funeral Home, Naples FL (March 10 & 11, 2010)
- Presented Formaldehyde Free Embalming / Green Funerals for Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association on St. Simons Island, GA (4- 11 -10)
- Gave Solar Energy Tour for the Essex County Vocational High School (Oct. 11, 2011)
- Participated in the Advisory Panel Roundtable for the Green Burial Council in Santa Fe, NM (Nov 9 – 12, 2011)
- Presented workshops on Natural Burials to the Garden State GreenFest in Union, NJ (March 23-24, 2012)
- Featured on front cover & article in American Funeral Director Magazine on Green is on the Scene (March 2013)
- Presented Creating New Traditions – Green Funerals to the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education in St. Petersburg, FL (March 2, 2013)
- Presented on Green Practices in your Funeral Home for the Selected Funeral & Life Insurance Leadership Series in Hot Springs, AR (8-12-2013)
- Gave Webinar Keeping an Open Mind About Going Green for the National Funeral Directors Association (April 24, 2014)
- Presented Green Business Practices, Natural Burial & Formaldehyde-free Embalming to the NFDA Annual Meeting, Nashville TN (10-13-2014)
- Featured guest on “Dying to Bloom” radio show about Natural Burials & Green Funerals (May 28, 2015)
- Gave Webinar How Green Burial Helps Families Rediscover Meaning in a Funeral Service for National Funeral Directors Association (Aug 25, 2016)
- Panel Presenter Green Burials -Rediscovering Meaning in Funerals at National Funeral Directors Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia (10-23-16)
For nearly a century, family-owned Prout Funeral Home has been serving our neighbors in North Jersey during some of life’s most difficult moments.
Our story begins with Mike and Mae Prout. Originally a carpenter in Montclair, NJ, Mike put himself through the highly regarded “Renouard School for Embalmers” and earned his funeral director’s license in both New York and New Jersey in 1924. Initially, he worked out of the couple’s home until moving to the center of Verona to open one of the area’s first full-service funeral homes.
Mike & Mae continued to work side by side until 1970, when their eldest son, Frank and his wife, Jeanne assumed ownership of the firm. They continued to grow the business and in 1974 started construction on an addition that would double the size of the funeral home to include larger viewing rooms and office space.
The Prout legacy continues today under the guidance of third generation Bob Prout, his wife Meg, and fourth generation Steven and Julia. With an emphasis on innovation and technology the firm has added extensive audio-visual capabilities to enhance services and a solar installation, which helps to contain overhead. We even offer a Tesla Destination Charger for guests at wakes and funerals.
We continue to be pioneers in funeral service innovation. We are known as leaders in our area for small business sustainability, with our cost-effective, solar-powered funeral home and solar educational tours. Mr. Prout is a nationally recognized speaker on integrating greener practices into the funeral business, natural burials and greener funerals.
With deep roots in the community and an eye always on the future, we embrace both traditional values and diversity. Our commitment to being a good neighbor drives us to offer the families we serve the highest levels of excellence and compassion. Whether you are at your moment of need, or you would like to preplan a service, trust us to help you plan a final farewell that is meaningful, personal, and dignified.
Horse-drawn carriage hearse in front of the funeral home on Bloomfield Avenue in Verona.
Founder, Mike Prout, in front of his hearse.