Caskets, Shrouds, and Gravestones

Caskets

Acceptable containers include:

  • Plain, untreated and unvarnished wooden caskets, including Jewish caskets—caskets should not be made of “rainforest hardwoods” or other nonnative woods
  • Cardboard, paper-mache, wicker
  • Homemade coffins (must not exceed standard casket dimensions)

If there is time prior to a loved ones death, a family member, friend or local woodworker can make the casket. Please don’t make a casket from plywood or chipboard.

Try these sources for casket plans:

Woodworkers near Greensprings include:

Shrouds

If you prefer burial in a shroud for your loved one, you may use a favorite blanket or quilt, though we ask that you use cotton or wool. If you are planning ahead, you may also sew a shroud or body bag, or find a weaver or tailor who will make one for you.

Local weavers include:

You could also contact:

  • Black Sheep Handspinners Guild, c/o Corie Gochicoa, 105A Beam Hill Rd., Dryden, NY 13053.

Funeral homes usually stock shrouds for Jewish and Muslim burials.

Gravestones: New Policy as of 2013

At Greensprings, gravestone markers must be natural, flat rocks, typically fieldstones, encompassing no more than 400 square inches of surface area. No cut, machined or polished markers or monuments are permitted. Flat quarried stones are permitted. Greensprings has a selection of fieldstones that have been retrieved when graves were opened.

You are not required to provide a gravestone for your loved one’s grave, but if you do, we ask that you work with our caretaker, Sam Hernandez, who will install your gravestone. We now use pea gravel to provide a bed of support for the gravestone.  We ask families to make a $50 donation to cover installation costs.

To contact our caretaker:

Local stone engraver includes:

Beth Rounds works with natural rough-surface stones. She does hand-engraved lettering and has a large selection of stones she’s found locally, including many flat surface stones suitable for use at Greensprings.  Beth has worked with fieldstones from Greensprings, and she will deliver your finished gravestone to the cemetery.

If you would like to view samples of stone markers at Greensprings, please visit our photos page