TULSA - A return to traditional values like thrift, simplicity, and respect for tradition -- that's one of the main reasons Jerry Dillon of Dillon-Smith Funeral Service in Sand Springs has opened a new area dedicated to "Green Burial" services.
Turning to the rich history of the rural cemeteries of the 19th century, the architects of Dillon & Smith Funeral Service have preserved the historic elements of a time when cemeteries became, not only places of mourning, but also places for those wanting to experience the peacefulness and serenity of a beautiful park.
Dillon tells KRMG the green burials aren't just for hippies or vegetarians.
"The green burial service and practice is one that we have culturally avoided for a long time in the large cities," he said.
But some people yearn for a return to a simpler time, and a more natural environment for their eternal sleep.
The service is less expensive than the typical modern funeral, as well.
Dillon says a green burial ranges from about $5,000 to $7,000 dollars.
The area they have set aside is just east of the Ancient Forest in Sand Springs, and they're having professionals come in to look at the land and see if it's actually an extension of that forest.