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Documentary on Green Burials in the US

As a the only New Hampshire funeral home approved by the Green Burial Council, we are looking forward to The National Geographic special documentary that will offer an explanation of eco-friendly burial alternatives. This documentary will show how rituals have evolved through time, and feature a behind the scenes look at an eco-friendly green burial, filming the deceased person as he or she is cared for by the family, prepared for burial and then peacefully laid to rest.

“As the world becomes more environmentally conscious it is important to highlight alternative options to the wider community,” states Murray Wilkinson, “These methods differ from those in other parts of the world. To this end our film will also feature expert analysis from leading anthropologists and academics.”

The National Geographic is respectfully requesting the participation of recently bereaved families to help in this special documentary. They hope the film will help those left behind cope during a time of stress and grief, and that the film will also shed light on how different people from all over the world deal with death.

If any of our readers are interested in participating in this documentary, they are encouraged to call Murray Wilkinson of the National Geographic by emailing

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium is the only funeral home in NH to offer a green burial package approved by the Green Burial Council, a non-profit organization. For such arrangements, formaldehyde-based embalming is prohibited, as is the use of metal or hardwood caskets. This package provides everything necessary for a burial within a green cemetery, conventional cemetery, or in certain instances, on private property. Although not included in this package, some cemeteries require the use of an outer burial container. More information on the Green Burial Package.

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