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Green-Funeral Certification


McPeek-Hoekstra Funeral Home is proud to announce as being certified as the first “Green-Burial” provider, in Licking County, offering end-of-life services that are ecologically conscious to minimize long-term environmental impacts.   Green burial providers adopt burial and operational practices that are non-toxic and energy conserving, including:

*Burial with non-toxic, biodegradable burial containers 
*Burial without the use of formaldehyde-based embalming chemicals
*Burial landscapes derived from, and compatible with, regional ecosystems 

McPeek-Hoekstra Funeral Home is certified by the Green Burial Council (GBC), a nonprofit organization that advocates sustainable, economically viable burials and the restoration and stewardship of natural areas. Founded in 2005, the Green Burial Council certifies funeral service providers, burial grounds, and product providers as 'green burial providers' to address a “new ethic in deathcare.”   

“We’re pleased to offer  families with more options for the care of their loved ones,” says Mary Hoekstra, Funeral Director and Owner. “Becoming ‘green certified’ is another way in which our family funeral home is responding to the unique, evolving desires of its customers.”   

To learn more, visit the GBC’s Web site at  


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