A traditional city burial can be affordable, earth-friendly and keep your loved one close to home
If you don't own a burial plot, you may be surprised at the stately spaces still available within a reasonable subway ride or drive from Manhattan (you just need to know where to look). If you do own cemetery grave space within the New York-New Jersey area, or have inherited it, consider yourself fortunate. Either way, we will help you arrange an affordable burial.
And here's more encouraging news (helpful at sad times like these): Most NYC-area cemeteries do not insist upon expensive fiberglass/concrete burial liners and vaults, so that's a big help. It's a shame, for instance, that nearly all Connecticut cemeteries require families to purchase a $1400-plus box to go around the casket to keep the topsoil level. That vault isn't usually required in New York, so if we forgo a formaldehyde embalming, bury the deceased in a pine, poplar or wicker casket, we have then fulfilled three of the requirements for a greener funeral--no vault, no formaldehyde, and no metal casket. Jewish burial and Islamic burial, of course, have always been free of artifice and environmentally minded.
Fitting Tribute Funeral Services has access to many lovely venues and chapels in Brooklyn and Manhattan where a funeral can be held before we proceed to any cemetery for the burial service. We are experts in Jewish burial practice and regularly work with sacred Hevre Kadisha societies, so when the deceased was from a Jewish household, we can easily arrange a ritual bathing/shrouding Tahara ceremony before the funeral home chapel and outdoor graveside gathering. We will help you find a rabbi if you don’t have one. Here's a list of Jewish cemeteries in the New York City area. Wikipedia maintains a surprisingly good list of New York's non-denominational burial sites.