Sullivan introduces Earth Day audiences to green burials

Posted on May 7th, 2018 by under Cemeteries, Funerals, Green burial, Our communities
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Green burials

Russ Burns from The Preserve with an Earth Day visitor

Sullivan Funeral Homes and The Preserve cemetery raised awareness of green burials during the April 21 Earth Day event at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market organized by the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board.

Sullivan co-owner Mike Lope and Jim Stark joined Russ Burns from the Preserve displayed a biodegradable casket, handed out information about the only Michigan cemetery certified by the U.S. Green Burial Council. and gave away white spruce seedlings to visitors.

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Sullivan’s Jim Stark with Russ Burns from the Preserve

“We had a great turnout or folks who were truly interested in getting information on a subject that intrigued them,” Mike said. “There were several people who had never heard of green burials and those who had heard about them were interested in educating themselves. Overall it was a great day that hopefully helps the Earth too!”

Michael Lope

Co-Owner, Funeral Director Michael J. Lope is a licensed funeral director and co-owner of the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home. Mike attended American Academy McAllister Institute for mortuary school in New York City. Mike was licensed in 2006 and began working with his family at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home. He currently works at both family funeral homes in Utica and Royal Oak. In his time off Michael enjoys golfing, skiing, hiking and camping. He is a parishioner at Holy Name Catholic Church with his wife Christine and his two children Andrew and Ashlyn. He and his family are committed to maintaining a family owned and operated funeral home that is a progressive and innovative leader in burial and cremation services.

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