February 06, 2015

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KINKARACO ® Green Funeral Products

San Francisco, CA. 94110

(415) 874-9698



 


Tales from 21st Century Deathcare™

KINKARACO ® is celebrating !

10 years - FEB. 2005-2015                

  

  

Its hard to believe but KINKARACO ® Green Burial Products has now been in business for 10 years!

"In 2004 I took a leap of Faith and went to work at FERNWOOD - California's 1st green cemetery. There I  developed a vision for  a new funeral aesthetic that was more culturally diverse, more feminine, while being 100% GREEN & biodegradable ....
At the time we were  inventing "green burial" as we went along and everyone wanted a shroud burial so they brought in their quilts & shawls  which were very difficult to wrap, carry and lower (and weren't even green!) So I designed a 100% biodegradable constructed shroud "product" that addressed all the issues we were having in shroud burial - making it a quick, easy and functional process to wrap, carry, lift and lower -  in a single  "all -in-one" unit. 
I made shrouds by night  while arranging funerals, doing intake ,conducting green burials and observed cremations at Fernwood (& later  Skylawn Cemetery) during the day .

"Then one day in 2005 , the Art Director from HBO's SIX FEET UNDER called me and bought my prototype shroud for their green burial episode! (AND I got to go and be on the set as the "shroud wrangler/green burial expert! Amazing!)


"At the time , you could count the people who even knew what "Green shroud burial"
was on one hand (besides  religious Jews and Muslims) so  it was pretty difficult offering a green burial  product to a funeral  industry that didn't want it and online on a website to the public who thought it was illegal! I believed in Green Burial as a standard funeral option so much I just  KNEW this would be needed in the future  so I never quit- (even through the great Recession of 2008 when no one in the funeral industry wanted to buy anything Green ! )
Slowly we built a trusted network of funeral home resellers and green cemeteries that ordered from us the beginning, who also believed in this option as I did. Family owned funeral homes who contacted KINKARACO from the beginning had proved themselves great to work with, sincere and well intentioned. (All KINKARACO ® resellers sign an agreement to help families with anything they want that's legal in their state - including home vigils.) When a customer contacts us we first find the closest reseller near them to purchase products - saving them shipping costs and enhancing their local economies. Our intention is Being of reliable SERVICE to others . Our motivation is COMPASSION. 

10 years later KINKARACO ® has been  helping families find  ecological, economical GREEN funeral products & services, green cemeteries and ethical funeral professionals who are willing to go the exta mile to responsibly fulfill families wishes for natural funerals!

"IN 2004 when I started working at FERNWOOD  cemetery we were one of only 3 cemeteries in the US that allowed shroud burial and did not require vaults for environmental GREEN burial !  Now in  2015 there are over 100!" 

TODAY we have changed the look of burial  from this to this:

TODAY the public are more educated than ever about their sustainable options and asking are for sustainable  funerals.

TODAY consumers can have a green burial in a shroud for environmental reasons without being  a member of a particular religion!                           

    

TODAY for strong women can wrap, carry and lower their friend in a KINKARACO ® shroud found all over the US, in Canada and Australia . Or they can place a loved one in a gorgeous MORT COUTURE ™ shoud for cremation  or inside a biodegradable casket!

TODAY there are modernVARANASI ™ shrouds for cremation sold in regular funeral homes for the cultural needs of Asian immigrants of the Sikh, Hindu, Jain and Buddhist observed  cremations as well as for home funerals !                    

TODAY there are brand new hand drawn KINKARA-KART ™  Processionals

hand drawn ,hand American made caissons for  cemeteries! 

   

*2005 -Designed the 1st secular shroud for GREEN BURIAL,prototype debuts on Six Feet Under ,launched  KINKARACO ® Green Burial Products website online
*2008-Named an "Entrepreneur Changing the Funeral Industry in BusinessWeek magazine and Picture of a KINKARACO ® shroud is put on the cover of American Funeral  Director Magazine

 

*2009 -Introduced KINKARACO ® at the 2009 ICCFA Convention (where we introduced the PURELIGHT ™ Green Burial Shroud with lowering attached) & the VARANASI™ silk cremation shroud  (first shroud made for cremation)
*2010- Awarded the Eileen Fisher Grant for Women with  Sustainable Businesses and picture of the VARANASI™ shroud is put on the cover of American Cemetery magazine
*2012 Spoke on the Green Burial Council panel at ICCFA 2012 Convention
*2013- Gave "A HISTORY of SHROUDS"  presentation at the ICCFA 2013 Convention
*2014 Introduced the KINKARA-KART ™ Processional (reproduction of the 19th Century funeral caissonsold to cemeteries. )
*2015 -Launched new KINKARACO ® E-Commerce website to the public as a "ONE STOP DEATH SHOP "connecting the public to our network and our world.

During this past 10 years our  great group of forward thinking ethical funeral homes, green cemeteries and home funeral guides have helped hundreds of families and individuals get the natural funerals they wanted at half the cost.  BEING of SERVICE  to families in times of loss  is our driving motivation and COMPASSION has always been our main intention  so with Divine guidance of the Holy Beings and our like minded colleagues this has turned out to be a such a very meaningful path for everyone! 

Thank you so much for allowing KINKARACO ®  to continue  with your amazing support and for helping us do this work we love . We are dedicated to continue our work developing  new GREEN products and systems to help the funeral professionals and the public .

Please let us know your own experiences . Show us your pictures so that others can better understand what alternative funerals look like!
Visit  the  NEW WEBSITE !


Esmerelda Kent
Esmerelda Kent

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David Fry
David Fry

February 13, 2015

Hello Esmerelda,

All I can say is “WONDERFUL!” You have done an outstanding work on this new website. It is beautiful and easy to understand. There should be no confusion from anyone who knows how to operate a computer.

Thank you for listing us in the site. I am very proud to be associated with you and Kinkaraco. Now that the website is up may I have your permission to contact my friends who are Golden Rule members. I have been marketing my shrouds with my cremation packages and I am finding good success.

I love the wash, too. I need to order more of this product. Do you have a suggestion as to your favorite fragrance? I like them all but would tend to follow your advice on what seems to be the most popular.

Lastly, I love the pet shrouds. Are they available now?

Again, thank you for your efforts to bring comfort to those who grieve.

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