When I first started reading this Sunday’s front page article about a planned "green" cemetery in Angwin, I was delighted to learn that in the future, Napa County residents might have another environmentally friendly choice for "final disposition." I eagerly read through the informative article about “…going back to our forefather’s method [of burial] where bodies are buried in a shroud or biodegradable casket ... returning yourself back to nature and the nutrients to the soil …people will appreciate such an alternative for burial.”
All good. That is, until I got to the statement: “Currently, the closest green burial site to Napa County is in Sausalito.” Wrong.
Since 2015, Tulocay Cemetery, Funeral Home & Cemetery has been pleased to offer “green” or natural burial at Cayetano Natural Burial Ground, a specially designated area nestled under the oak trees on the northeastern part of Tulocay’s Coombsville property, right here in the city of Napa.
Cayetano Natural Burial Ground at Tulocay is one of only five cemeteries in California certified by the Green Burial Council (GBC), a national non-profit certifying body that is the standard-bearer of the growing environmental/social/consumer green burial movement. The GBC is referenced several times in Sunday’s article, but of note the Sausalito cemetery stated as being “the closest green burial site to Napa County” is not GBC- certified and is actually located in Mill Valley on Tennessee Valley Road, not in Sausalito.
Beginning in late 2013, it has been my great pleasure to work with Mr. Peter Manasse, Tulocay’s Cemetery and Mortuary Manager, to provide choices in after-death care to Napa. Peter is innovative, determined, warmhearted and dedicated to bringing the best in funeral care and services to this community, both traditional and alternative.
The record should be set straight: Peter and Tulocay deserve recognition for being the first to offer green burial in Napa County, as well as being the first cemetery in Northern California to achieve Green Burial Council certification.
Anne Jungerman, owner OmaiGrace
Green Burial Advocacy and Education
Home Funeral Guide
Editor's note: The author is correct -- the error was an oversight on our part. The story has been corrected.