On this Earth Day, one local funeral home operator decided to offer what he’s calling “green burials.”
When you walk into the facility on South Lewis, it certainly doesn’t feel like a funeral home.
“As you walk into our setting here, you can feel something different,” Jerry Dillon said. It feels modern, yet the earth tones and decorations make it feel timeless.
“Everything in this place with some exception, is natural,” Dillon said.
So it’s fitting that Dillon opened the doors on his new “Green” funeral home on none other day than Earth Day.
“We got licensed and I just thought… when’s Earth Day? And I googled and it was the next week,” he said.
He and his family have run Dillon Funeral Service for years. They run both cemeteries and traditional funeral homes here in Green Country.
But in recent years, they noticed a shift in what consumers have demanded.
“We found that green funeral and green burial is more natural to those who have a longing to be more natural,” he said.
But what is a green burial?
“There’s no toxic embalming,” Dillon said. “We encourage the family to participate to the degree that they want to , to prepare the body, and to have a biodegradable casket.”
Those caskets on display in his new showroom in south Tulsa, come fit for people, and also pets.
“We don’t allow any metal caskets, no screws or nails, and the actual burial is a shallow grave,” he said.
But that’s not the only option.
“I remember I said in college, if you were a tree, what tree would you be,” Dillon said.
And now you have the option to become a tree. Your remains helping nourish a tree as the biodegrade, leaving a living reminder of your life for generations to come.
“It’s a beautiful way of getting closure,” he said. A more natural way.”
He says while he’s opening this new center is Tulsa, his business still also offers all the traditional funeral services as well. This is just another option for families to have, just in time for Earth Day.