Until recently, if you were looking into a “greener” burial, your options were extremely limited. Traditional burial techniques, including embalming and caskets, were required by law. However, in a time where the environment has become more of a concern to us all, green burials are becoming the ever more mainstream choice.
What is a Green Burial?
If you do a bit of research, you will find that there are certification procedures that can ensure a funeral is green, there are special cemeteries that will inter the body in a green fashion, and there are even special shrouds that will disintegrate any toxins in your body. While all of these are entirely viable options, a green burial, quite simply, means that you are deciding to return a body to the earth as naturally as possible; it may be in a bio-degradable casket, or a homemade shroud, or among soil and tree seeds.
Why Green Burial?
The key idea here is to avoid filling the body and the Earth with harmful toxins that will remain in the soil or atmosphere for centuries to come.
Most people know that embalming fluid is one such toxin, however even cremation is not always the environmentally-conscious choice that it is made out to be. After all, crematoriums typically run on natural gas and calcified compounds in cremains can hold high levels of toxicity as well.
With that in mind, if the environment is a serious concern, a green burial is often seen as the best option.
What’s more, a green burial avoids many of the exorbitant costs typically associated with a standard burial, such as expensive caskets.
Where Can A Green Burial Happen?
While this is still a fairly new idea for most, there are already a variety of green cemetery choices across the country; you might also consider a memorial nature preserve. As green burials become more popular, many interesting ideas have been developed, including converting ashes into beautiful trees and even underwater burials!
Is This an Option For Me?
Green burials are an option for anyone who might be interested. As our society begins to embrace death as a normal part of the life cycle, we are seeing a slew of literature, information and resources surrounding green options and how to pursue them. If you would like more information on any of the processes mentioned here or green burials, in general, feel free to reach out to us via the comments section and we will be happy to give you some insight.